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LGBTQ activists attend a pride parade in Kolkata on June 25, 2023.
In a landmark decision, India’s top court has ruled in favor of upholding the rights of the LGBTQ community, but stopped short of legally recognizing same-sex unions.
The ruling is a partial victory for LGBTQ Indians who have long campaigned to be recognized as equal citizens in the world’s largest democracy.
A five-judge constitution bench led by India’s chief justice delivered the much-anticipated verdict on Tuesday, an event that was streamed live by the Supreme Court as crowds gathered outside.
More than a dozen petitioners from the LGBTQ community had challenged the law that doesn’t allow them to legally marry.
The ruling is the culmination of a hard fought legal battle for equality in a country where homosexuality remains taboo.
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