Four years after India’s Supreme Court scrapped a law criminalizing gay sex, it has agreed to hear petitions seeking legal recognition of same-sex marriages, raising hopes of securing another significant right for the country’s LGBTQ+ community. One of the two petitioners is a gay couple based in Hyderabad who held a commitment ceremony last December to cement their nearly decade-long relationship. Another couple based in Delhi said they have been in a relationship for 17 years, and have also petitioned the top court for recognition of gay marriages. Last year, the government told the Delhi High Court that marriage necessarily depends upon age-old customs and that same-sex marriages would “cause complete havoc with the delicate balance of personal laws in the country.”