A study on the impact of media portrayal and judicial intervention in changing social attitudes toward same-sex marriages in India

  • Arundhati Kulkarni Karnataka State Higher Education Academy, Dharwad
  • Sudha Hegde Government First Grade College, Kalasa

Abstract

 At the global level, across cultures, the social imagination of sexual identities has undergone a radical change. However, social and legal acceptance of same-sex marriage has remained a contested terrain. While it has obtained legal acceptance in several countries, same-sex marriage continues to be a social taboo in many parts of the globe, including India. Following the legalization of same-sex marriage by nations like the US, Sweden, Belgium, New Zealand and Canada, the sexual minority communities have intensified their campaign demanding the legal recognition of same-sex marriages in India as well. The present study analyzes the impact of media representation and construction of same-sex relations and the role of the judiciary in changing the social attitude towards accepting same-sex marriage. The study employed a survey method to understand how media representation and legal interpretations have impacted people’s perception towards same-sex marriages and to find out what roles media portrayal and judicial decisions can play in reducing stigma and social dissociation towards the marital rights of the sexual minority.

Published
Sep 23, 2023
How to Cite
KULKARNI, Arundhati; HEGDE, Sudha. A study on the impact of media portrayal and judicial intervention in changing social attitudes toward same-sex marriages in India. Communication and Culture Review, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 1 & 2, p. 39-49, sep. 2023. ISSN 2582-2829. Available at: <http://communicationandculturereview.in/index.php/communication_culture_review/article/view/66>. Date accessed: 20 june 2024.