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Members and supporters of the LGBT groups during Delhi's Queer Pride march (representational image) | Atul Yadav/PTI

‘Same-sex marriage not a part of our culture’, says top govt lawyer, opposes plea in Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court is hearing a PIL that seeks marriage rights for the gay community under the Hindu Marriage Act 1955.
The sindoor ceremony is a traditional part of many Hindu weddings | Wikimedia Commons

Refusal to wear sakha, sindoor signals woman’s unwillingness to accept marriage: Gauhati HC

The High Court allowed a man's appeal against a family court order that didn't grant him permission to divorce his wife.
The Madras High Court judgement is a significant victory for transgender and intersex persons | Representational photo

Transgenders & others who identify as women will now be ‘brides’ under Hindu Marriage Act

In landmark ruling, Madras High Court 'states the obvious' to solemnise marriage of a couple who were denied registration because of bride's gender.
A leprosy inflicted patient being examined in Mumbai | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Leprosy no longer grounds for divorce

Parliament passed the Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill which removes the disease as grounds for divorce under five personal laws, including the Hindu Marriage Act.
Supreme Court | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Second marriage valid even if divorce plea of first marriage pending in courts: SC

SC rules that if both parties from first marriage have amicably parted but case pending in court, then second marriage still valid.

Anand Marriage Act: An assertion of Sikh identity in the face of UCC demands

Delhi has joined the growing list of states that will now allow Sikhs to register their marriages under their own Act. But does it have any tangible benefits?

On Camera

If Joe Biden wins US presidential election — prepare for an epic policy hangover

As pleasant as it might be to have a president who isn’t actively destroying the country, there are many areas where Biden will need a better plan & political will to make progress.
President Xi Jinping (centre) with other leaders of the Communist Party of China | Representational image: Reuters via ANI

China to reveal how it plans to steer economic growth through the 2030s

China’s Communist Party is expected to release two policy blueprints at the end of 4 days of meetings -- Their 5-year plan & a longer strategy document that stretches until 2035.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the biannual Army Commanders Conference in New Delhi Wednesday | Indian Army

China lacks ‘honest intent’, be prepared for any eventuality, Rajnath Singh tells Army

Speaking in Delhi, the Defence Minister told military commanders that the government will strongly back reforms in the armed forces including setting up of theatre commands.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.