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Allahabad HC Rejects Lesbian Couple’s Plea for Recognition of Marriage

  • The Allahabad high court denied a request by two women to recognise their marriage on the grounds that the Hindu Marriage Act did not prohibit such a union.

  • The Uttar Pradesh government's lawyer argued that same-sex marriage was against Indian culture and religion, and that it was illegal under Indian law.

  • The women argued that the Hindu Marriage Act refers to two-person marriages and therefore homosexual marriage is not prohibited under the law.

  • According to LiveLaw, they stated that if they did not acquire their right to same-sex marriage, their fundamental rights would be jeopardised, citing the fact that same-sex marriage is recognised in more than 25 nations around the world.