Controversy Surrounds Same-Sex Marriage in Punjab Gurdwara

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A controversy has erupted at Gurdwara Sri Kalgidhar Sahib in Bathinda, Punjab, over a same-sex marriage ceremony. The Granthi who officiated the marriage has issued an apology. According to a report, the Shiromani Gurdwara Management Committee has taken strict measures in response. As a protest against this event, the committee has filed a complaint with the police to take action against Granthi Singh who performed the marriage. Additionally, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has initiated an internal investigation into the matter.

The wedding between Manisha and Dimple took place at Gurdwara Sahib on September 18, officiated by Granthi Singh. This event has sparked controversy and raised concerns about a potential violation of the Sikh religious code of conduct.

Political Row SAD(A) and Dal Khalsa have also raised objections and called for action against both the gurdwara management committee and the Granthi.

Upon learning of the incident, Sikh religious organizations took it seriously and visited the Gurdwara Sahib to address the matter, taking action against the Granthi Singhs and the committee involved.

The Granthi who conducted the wedding expressed his regret, stating that he feels ashamed and has extended an apology. He mentioned a previous incident where one girl had assaulted another girl, which did not result in any controversy. He cited this as a reason for officiating the marriage in the Gurdwara Sahib and noted that the families of both girls were present during the ceremony.

Despite the Granthi’s apology, SAD(A) and Dal Khalsa remain steadfast in their pursuit of further actions.

Legal Perspective: In India, same-sex marriage and civil unions are not officially recognized. However, as per a landmark decision by the Supreme Court of India in August 2022, same-sex couples can obtain rights and benefits similar to those of a couple in a live-in relationship. The ruling in India broadened the definition of families to include live-in couples, encompassing LGBT couples as well. This decision granted LGBT couples rights and benefits equivalent to those of married couples.

In a separate incident in 2011, a Haryana court granted legal recognition to a same-sex marriage between two women. Following their marriage, the couple faced threats from friends and relatives in their village. Eventually, the couple gained approval from their families.

Re-reported from the article published in Shethepeople

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