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India Decriminalizes Homosexual Relationships

David Nicely, Author

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The decision to repeal the law is a major victory for India’s LGBT activists and supporters after years of determined struggle. Celebrations have erupted in India after the supreme court ruled to decriminalize homosexuality in a landmark judgment for gay rights.The judgment, after 24 years of challenges, triggered the LBGT community and their allies across the country to host all-night parties in nightclubs in major cities. Criminalizing gay relationships under section 377 Indian penal code is irrational, indefensible and arbitrary,” said the chief justice, Dipak Misra announced at about 11.30am on Thursday.

“Today is a historic day,” said one of the lawyers who led the case. “The future is for everybody to be included, to realize their fundamental rights of equality, privacy, dignity etcetera. That is what the court has stated and given directions that this be made available and known to everybody.” But India still has work to do.

 

The country is behind in civil rights compared to the United States. There will be many future battles for India’s LGBT community, including marriage, surrogacy and basic acceptance in more conservative regions of the country. This is the end of the beginning.

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India Decriminalizes Homosexual Relationships