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India’s Reversal of Sodomy Laws to go Nationwide

Timothy Kincaid

September 2nd, 2009

In July, the Delhi High Court declared that India’s law which criminalizes sex between consenting adults of the same gender is a violation of fundamental human rights. Since that time, various factions have argued against the decision and there was some uncertainty as to whether this was binding only in the Capital.

It now appears that the government will allow the decision to apply to the entire nation. (AFP)

The July verdict by the Delhi High Court was non-binding outside the Indian capital, meaning the government had the choice to appeal to the Supreme Court or repeal the law nationwide.

A note from the cabinet, reproduced by the CNN-IBN television network, recommended that the government should accept the court ruling while letting the Supreme Court rule on appeals by some religious groups.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to make a final decision this week, but CNN-IBN said he was in favour of following the advice in the cabinet note.

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KZ
September 2nd, 2009 | LINK

“…while letting the Supreme Court rule on appeals by some religious groups.”

Some religious groups feel they must dictate want consenting adults do behind closed bedroom doors. It’s none of their damn business.

In the meantime, let’s welcome the world’s largest democracy into the 21st century!

Cole
September 3rd, 2009 | LINK

Great news for Indians!

The Lauderdale
September 4th, 2009 | LINK

I think this is really fabulous.

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