ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Sexual Minorities and the Everyday Social

In April 2022, Supriya Sule, a member of Parliament from the Nationalist Congress Party, introduced a private member’s bill in the Lok Sabha seeking a debate to amend the Special Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2022. The bill sought to give equal marriage rights to persons from the LGBTQIA+ community, citing the Justice K S Puttaswamy (Retd) v Union of India judgment. The intent of the said bill was to make marriage and allied rights available to the queer community, which invariably are available to the heterosexual populace translated through the years of heteronormative judicial lens that has governed the Indian society.

The queer community negotiates and navigates through various social landscapes and locations within the fragmented caste and class structures that they inhabit. The objective here is to bring them under the same patriarchal and heteronormative rubric that holds the fabric of the society together. The solution to the harmonisation of the queer into the binary milieu is not that simple. The idea of a single homogeneous group that is queer needs to be fractured since the societal contradictions apply on the sexual minority groups as much as any other social group in Indian society. To start with, it is critical to understand how the law or the judicial institutions perceive or give space to the queer. How does the “everyday” lives of sexual minorities get experienced and affected by the “everyday-ness” of legal procedures and norms of the judicial institutions that come out through interpretations of texts and evidences, while effecting a change in the lives of the already marginalised?

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Updated On : 26th Sep, 2022
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