The U.S. Supreme Court declared that same sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.
In 36 states Gays and Lesbians couples can already marry and now by this ruling of court remaining 14 states will have to lift bans on same sex marriage.
The court will give the losing side about three weeks to ask for reconsideration due to which the ruling will not take effect immediately. But some state officials and county clerks might decide there is little risk in issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.
In US there are an estimated 390,000 married same sex couples, according to Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, which tracks the demographics of gay and lesbian Americans.
Roughly 1 million same sex couples, married and unmarried, live together in the United States, the institute says.
Scenario in India
In India Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which was introduced during the British rule of India, criminalises sexual activities “against the order of nature”, arguably including homosexual acts.
On 2 July 2009, the Delhi High Court in a historic judgement overturned the 150 year old section and legalised consensual homosexual activities between adults.
But on 11 December 2013, the Supreme Court of India ruled homosexuality to be a criminal offence setting aside the 2009 judgement given by the Delhi High Court.