The Delhi High Court, on Tuesday, sought the response of the Centre on a plea seeking the live streaming of proceedings on petitions to recognise same-sex marriages under the special, Hindu and foreign marriage laws.
Listing the matter for further hearing on February 3, 2022, the bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh granted time to the counsel for the Centre to take instructions on the issue and file reply.
The court was hearing a batch of petitions filed by several same-sex couples, seeking a declaration recognising same-sex marriages under the special, Hindu and foreign marriage laws.
Senior advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul, representing some of the petitioners, submitted that in view of the rights involved, live streaming of the proceedings is essential as it concerns seven to eight per cent of the total population of the country. He further said that it is a matter of national importance and live streaming can host a larger population.
The High Court also issued notice and sought the Centre’s reply on two separate petitions, one filed by two women who have already solemnised their marriage abroad and seek recognition here, and the other filed by a transgender individual who has undergone a sex reassignment surgery.