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Mumbai, March 3 : Model-actor Sushant Divgikar reacts strongly while commenting on the government’s recent directive to Delhi High Court that same-sex marriage is not comparable to the Indian family unit.
“The year is 2021. Watches record our steps, cloud is the new photo album, cars park themselves, rovers fly on Mars and, yet, despite all of these advancements, when it comes to human decency, the nation still reeks of the dark ages and we are putting one another’s dignity up for vote,” Divgikar told IANS.
He added: “One 1 in six Gen Z adults are LGBT and this number is only growing, and this is a reality we need to embrace. Same-sex relations and gender fluidity have featured prominently in ancient Indian texts and sculptures and yet many LGBTQ Indians find it difficult to come out and find acceptance in the traditional set-up, and are met with violence, contempt and discrimination.” Last month, the government stated it in an affidavit filed in reply to a petition by same-sex couples seeking enforcement of fundamental right of choice of partner. “Despite the decriminalisation of Section 377 of the IPC, the petitioners cannot claim a fundamental right for same-sex marriage being recognised under the laws of the country,” the affidavit stated.
It said that the fundamental right under Article 21 cannot be expanded to include the fundamental right for same sex marriage.
Divgikar, who is a popular drag personality and has appeared and performed as Rani Ko-He-nur on stage, feels if the concerned authorities have a problem with calling it “marriage” then we needn’t call it marriage.


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