Seven years on, it remains a dream. Same-sex marriages are illegal in India despite the Supreme Court scrapping a colonial-era ban on gay sex in 2018 – a decision that LGBTQ+ Indians say they had hoped would pave the way for more equal rights, including marriage and adoption.
That is why Saattvic, who goes by one name, asked the Delhi high court to allow him to marry his boyfriend – one of six petitions made by LGBTQ+ couples in September 2020 to legalise same-sex marriage, with a final hearing due on Tuesday. “There is a fundamental right to marry and we should be afforded that right to marry just like any other heterosexual couple,” Saattvic told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a video call from Vancouver in Canada. “Gaurav and I want