An Example for Others
The communal aspect of the marriage project that refers to India being a ‘marriage country’. And since the neighbouring country like Bangladesh and Pakistan being under the same border before the British India partition they also share this similar culture. Gay or straight, Hindu or Muslim, upper caste or lower caste, male or female, everyone wants the same thing—a long lasting relationship which is acknowledged by society and by the law. In fact, part of what makes for a sustaining life is not just occupational success, but also personal success. The crucial part of many one’s happiness comes from having someone in their life whom they can love and whom the law of the land acknowledges as a valid partner or spouse worthy of recognition. The revolutionary stuck down of British colonial law Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code in India has potentially become a mile stone for the LGBT community in not just India but also for the neighbouring countries in South East Asia. However, even in Indian society like most societies in the world, typically recognize only one type of relationship which is heterosexual. But it needs to be understood that even this form of relationship isn’t without its own history of violence and struggle. For example, in 1964, the U.S Supreme Court in a unanimous decision in Loving v. Virginia, struck down state laws that banned interracial marriage.
Any positive change hasn’t been possible without dedicated time or effort. So one can only remain hopeful and steady toward the cause positive future.