Supreme Court: Is India on the cusp of legalising same-sex marriage?

On Tuesday, India’s Supreme Court will start hearing final arguments on a number of petitions seeking to legalise same-sex marriage. The court has said the hearing will be “livestreamed in public interest”.

With same sex couples and LGBTQ+ activists hoping for a judgement in their favour and the government and religious leaders strongly opposing same sex union, the debate is expected to be a lively one.

Among those keenly watching the proceedings would be Dr Kavita Arora and Ankita Khanna, a same sex couple who’ve been waiting for years to tie the knot.

For Kavita and Ankita, it wasn’t love at first sight. The women first became co-workers, then friends, and then came love.

Their families and friends readily accepted their relationship, but 17 years after they met and more than a decade after they started living together, the mental health professionals say they are unable to marry – “something most couples aspire to”.

The two are among nearly a dozen and a half couples who have…

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