India has declared that LGBT couples are entitled to social welfare benefits as heterosexual couples, and France condemns the death sentences of activists in Iran for "promoting homosexuality."

India Widens Familial Relationships Definition

The Supreme Court of India has declared that "atypical manifestations" of the family unit, such as domestic partnerships, unmarried couples, and LGBT relationships, are entitled to social welfare benefits in equal measure.

This broadens the concept of what makes a family and is the most recent in a string of court rulings challenging social norms in India that may have significant ramifications for the rights of both women and homosexuals.

The decision was announced in the case of Deepika Singh, a nurse who had been denied maternity leave by her employer because she had already taken time off to care for her husband's stepchildren.

According to Channel News Asia, the court ruled in her favor, stating that the common interpretation of the term "family," both in law and society, is that it refers to a single, stable unit made up of a mother and a father and their children, who remain the same over time.




France Condemns Death Sentences Of Gay Rights Activists


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France has denounced the death sentences for two female LGBT rights activists by Iran on the grounds that they had promoted homosexuality.

The two women, Elham Chubdar, 24, and Zahra Sedighi Hamedani, 31, received death sentences from the Urmia court in northwest Iran.

According to Hindustantime, they were found guilty of "promoting corruption on earth," a charge routinely brought against defendants for allegedly violating the nation's sharia regulations.

"France deplores the death sentences issued by Iran for Mrs. Elham Chubdar and Mrs. Zahra Sedighi Hamedani," the French foreign ministry, emphasising its universal opposition to the death penalty and support of gay rights.