11 Facts About Same-Sex Marriage That You Definitely Didn't Know!

11 Facts About Same-Sex Marriage That You Definitely Didn't Know!

The verdict is out and we couldn't be happier! The Supreme Court has decriminalised same-sex marriage and it's all rainbows and colours for the community from now on.

"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves," said Abraham Lincoln. This law, which was put in place in 1862, criminalised not just same-sex intercourse but also consensual oral and anal heterosexual acts. While there are many who favour LGBTQ, the law still criminalised it...until today!  

Even B-Town was always vocal about their support for the LGBTQ community. "It is something that needs to be torn up and changed. Any progressive country cannot have this retarded law,” says Saif Ali Khan. "They are doing so much to bring to light the fact, that you can be whoever you want to be and love whoever you want to love. My respect for them. I am going to be a crusader in the future if they want me to," said actress Kubbra Sait, who played the character of a transgender, Cuckoo, in Sacred Games.

Here are 11 facts about homosexuality from history that will help you look at things with a perspective.

1. It was sex that was illegal

Same-sex marriage in India was criminalised on the grounds of sexual acts that were not considered natural. So, as per law, all penile non-vaginal sexual acts were criminalised and punishable. This can be related to marriage because, in India, the consummation of a marriage is of significance even on legal grounds.




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Shuffling between family dinners and queer parties, disparate spaces and paradigms, where often it feels like most of the Indian people are cis & all the queer people are white. The collapse of history, language and memory that engenders this moment. The relentless and exhaustive ritual of asserting that we have always been — to the white queers who call their genders new, and the Indians who call heteronormativity home. But I know my gender is my race is my gender is my family is my queers is my soiled makeup wipes in the car on the way to my mother is my lipstick, fecund, ready to bloom on the way back. Thank you to my gender non-conforming Indian sibling @bon_abhijeet for welcoming me — all of me — to chicago. Thank you to the @chicagotribune for interviewing me (link in bio) - Alok V. Menon @alokvmenon

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2. It was not just illegal, it was complicated

As per the above definition, lesbian relationships were not criminal. Section 377 took into account only unnatural 'penile' sexual acts while remaining silent about lesbian relationships.

3. All religions have only recognised heterosexual marriages so far and we hope it changes now

Have you ever noticed how in every religion or cultural arrangement, marriages are held between a man and a woman, husband and wife or bride and groom? That's how even our language promotes heterosexuality. Now that the SC has scrapped section 377, we hope that these institutions too change their lingo. 




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No union is more profound than marriage, whether it may be between a woman and woman, man and man, woman and man or any human and human for that matter. We're simply asking for “equal dignity” in the eyes of the law when we sought to have our union recognized by our government. Marriage doesn't see gender or sex it simply sees love. @narendramodi you have the power to ensure #equalmarriagerightsforlgbtq by showing solidarity towards thousands of lgbtq+ Indians by srcaping sec 377. HUMAN RIGHTS ARE FUNDAMENTAL TO EVERY HUMAN BEING REGARDLESS OF THEIR SEX, GENDER OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION! Ensure safety and dignity to our fellow lgbtq+ Indians by standing up for our rights (which we are bound to have since birth)! Picture credits : www.mustbekismet.com ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Art Director, Stylist: Saira Hussain from @breathofhenna & @TheSaiLens ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photographer: @BangaStudios ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Decor: @roseeventsandflorals ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ MUAH: @SSGlamStudios, @iamdanielasuppa, and @mua.she ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Jewellery: @Jayaandco ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Clothing: @ChandanFashion, @Sahibafashions @LotusBloomOfficial @LivetheCollective ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Muse: @angel_glady & Abhi _______________________________ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #mustbekismet #gaypride #prideweek #pridetoronto #lgbt #unity #weddingseason #weddings #southasians #loveall #unity #pride #southasianweddings #weddings #gaypridetoronto #torontoweddings #sheandi #loveisreal #desiweddings #equalrightsforall #equalmarriagerightsforall #adamandsteve #andthetransgenderman #downthestreet #scrapsec377 #loveislove #lovewins #lgbtqpiadpride🏳️‍🌈

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4. Homosexuality is as old as the Vedas

Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association (GALVA) has shown that around 3102 B.C., homosexuality or non-normative sexual act or identity was recognised as “tritiya prakriti”, or the third nature. It is amazing how it was called 'prakriti', meaning natural.

5. Ancient temples depict queerness

Puri and Tanjore temples, which were constructed between 6th and 14th centuries, depicted queerness very explicitly. This has also been mentioned by Devdutt Patnaik in his book 'I Am Divine. So Are You: How Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Hinduism Affirm the Dignity of Queer Identities and Sexualities'. This book was presented as one of the testimonials supporting LGBTQ to the Supreme Court.

6. Our first Mughal emperor, Babur was not straight

Suprised? Read on. That Babur was infatuated with a teenage boy named Baburi has been documented in 'Babur Nama', his memoirs. The lovesickness of the emperor for Baburi has also received mention in various Persian couplets.

7. Section 377 was put in place by the Britishers

The 'unnatural' forms of sex got criminalised in 1862 when India was being ruled by the Britishers. The law was drafted by Thomas Babington Macaulay, the head of the Law Commission. The law was based in archaic Victorian morality.




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The fight for justice for the transgender is largely invisible to our fellow citizens, the rampant systematic discrimination towards trans people needs to be recognized and eradicated. There's a gender in your brain and a gender in your body. For 99 percent of people, those things are in alignment. For transgender people, they're mismatched. That's all it is. It's not complicated, it's not a neurosis. It's a birth defect, like a cleft palate. Happy #transdayofvisibility to all our trans members. You are valuable, valid and important part of our society, whether you choose to be seen or not seen, on this day and every day! #transpride #transforequality #transgenders #transsexuals #foreverytransblackmuslim #transgay #transgenderpride #supporttransgenders #supporttranskids #transitions #femaletomale #maletofemale #maletomale #femaletofemale #transisbeautiful #transgenderawareness #transpride #heissheandsheisamazing #heforshe #genderneutrality #genderfluid #sexualidentities #selfacceptance #protecttranslives #protectranskids #transgendersforequality #transrightsarehumanrights #lgbtqpiadpride🏳️‍🌈

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8. First documented same-sex marriage in India

It was in 1987 when two policewomen, Leela and Urmila, from Madhya Pradesh married each other despite the law. However, after the ceremony, they were discharged from their duties.

9. The first country to legalise gay marriage

The Netherlands was the first country to legalise same-sex marriage in 2001.




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10. Gay couples are happier than straight

A study conducted by the University of Queensland says, “Individuals in same-sex couples (particularly lesbian women) generally are more equitable in the ways in which they allocate domestic work, including childcare”.

11. Are WE ready for same-sex couples?

The big question is if, not just the law but is India ready for same-sex marriages? "Many people consider that their respective religions and cultures tell them that such relationships are “unnatural” or “unholy”. This leads to a system of institutionalized prejudice against the LGBT community," writes Rohit Beerapalli.

With the final verdict out today in favour of love, we're super proud and excited for all our friends who've fought hard to make India more equal and more colourful! 

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