Introduction

  • Ruth Vanita

Abstract

This book demonstrates that same-sex marriage, a social reality in India as well as the West today, has roots in the past. Its antecedents—marriage-like unions—appear in a variety of Euro-American and Indian texts. I argue that both in the past and in the present, mutual consent and family and community recognition validate a marriage; and this extra-legal validation sometimes extends to same-sex marriages too. While state recognition is desirable, the state’s refusal to recognize a union as marriage does not mean that the union is not a marriage.

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Chapter 1 Introduction

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