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India’s Gay Families Deserve Legal Protections, Top Court Rules

  • Case also affirmed single parents, blended families, adoptions
  • Law must not disadvantage non-traditional families: Court

A Supreme Court ruling in India affirmed that same-sex couples and other non-traditional families are entitled to social benefits, a decision that stands in stark contrast to last week’s moves by Singapore to exclude LGBTQ people from the legal right to marry. 

The law “must not be relied upon to disadvantage families which are different from traditional ones,” the top court’s two-judge panel wrote in its decision. “Familial relationships may take the form of domestic, unmarried partnerships or queer relationships.”