Orissa High Court allows 24-year-old man to live with same-sex companion

The Orissa High Court has allowed a same-sex couple to continue a live-in relationship, stating that human beings, irrespective of gender identities, are entitled to the full enjoyment of their rights. A division bench of Justice SK Mishra and Justice Savitri Ratho, while hearing the habeaus corpus plea of a 24- year-old transman earlier this week, said that "the state shall provide all kinds of protection to them, including the right to life, right to equality before the law and equal protection of law".

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