"As a government, our focus in terms of urgency is on urgent, imminent issues," submitted Tushar Mehta, adding that law officers are also dealing with pandemic-related cases. Source- The Indian Express
Seeking suspension of petitions praying to recognize same-sex marriages under prevailing law, the Centre on Monday told the Delhi High Court that other urgent matters need reflection and that “nobody is dying because they don’t have a marriage certificate.
Centre's Statement Appearing for Centre, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted before the court that the state is facing a pandemic at present and there are other pressing matters which need consideration. “As a government, our focus in terms of urgency is on urgent, imminent issues,” submitted Mehta, adding that law officers are also dealing with pandemic-related cases.
Senior Advocate Saurabh Kirpal, representing some petitioners, told the court that the government should be neutral and the court has to determine urgency. Senior Advocate Dr. Menaka Guruswamy, who also represents some petitioners, told the court that there are reportedly 70 million people belonging to the LGBTQ community.
Previous petitions The reply was in response to three petitions filed the previous year. In one petition, Dr. Kavita Arora, a psychiatrist, and Ankita Khanna, a therapist, sought enforcement of the fundamental right to choice of partner, after a plea for solemnization of marriage under the Special Marriage Act got rejected by a Marriage Officer in Delhi because they were a same-sex couple. The second petition got filed by Parag Vijay Mehta, an Overseas Citizen of India cardholder, and Vaibhav Jain, an Indian citizen, who got married in Washington DC in 2017 and whose application for registration of marriage under the Foreign Marriage Act was rejected by the Consulate General of India at New York. Defense analyst Abhijit Iyer Mitra and three other people filed the third PIL, for recognition of same-sex marriages under the Hindu Marriage Act.