The Bar Council of India on Sunday expressed its great anxiety and serious concern over a constitution bench of the Supreme Court hearing a plea for recognition to the same-sex marriage.
The lawyers' association emphasised that "any indulgence by the apex court in the matter will result in destabilising the social structure of the country in coming days", and added that it would be catastrophic to overhaul something as fundamental as the conception of marriage by the court.
A joint meeting of all the state Bar councils with Bar Council of India passed a unanimous resolution stating it is advisable that this is dealt with after an elaborative consultation process involving different social, and religious groups by the competent legislature.
The lawyers' association stressed that a matter having far reaching impact on our socio-cultural and religious beliefs should necessarily come through legislative process only.
It asked the Supreme Court, hearing a batch of petitions for granting legal sanctity to the same sex marriage, to respect the sentiments and mandate of the mass of the country.
The resolution said, "As per documented history, ever since the inception of human civilisation and culture, marriage has been typically accepted and categorised as a union of biological man and woman for the twin purpose of procreation and recreation. In such background, it would be catastrophic to overhaul something as fundamental as the conception of marriage by any Law Court, howsoever well-intentioned it may be."
It claimed that every responsible and prudent citizen of the country is worried about the future of his/her children after coming to know about the pendency of this matter before the Supreme Court.
"The vast majority believes that any decision of the apex court in petitioners' favour on this issue will be treated to be against the culture and socio religious structure of our country. The Bar is the mouthpiece of the common men and, therefore, this meeting is expressing their anxiety over this highly sensitive issue. The Joint Meeting is of clear opinion that if the Supreme Court shows any indulgence in this matter, it will result in destabilising the social structure of our country in coming days," it said.
The resolution asked the top court to leave the issue for the legislative consideration.
According to BCI Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra, the meeting also unanimously resolved to ask the Centre for effective law for the protection of lives, interests and privilege of the advocates and their families and provide compensation to them in case of any attack.