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Indian Government Clarifies it Accepts Gay Sex is Legal

India's Supreme Court has been hearing arguments in a challenge by anti-gay activists to the landmark 2009 high court verdict decriminalizing homosexuality. This week, the government embarrassed itself by contradicting its position on the issue. Today, they clarified. They are for decriminalization:

IndiaAs the proceedings began in the controversial case, additional solicitor general Mohan Jain told the bench that as per the government decision there is no legal error in the Delhi high court verdict which had decriminalised gay sex in 2009.

The stand taken by Jain, who appeared for the Union health ministry, was contrary to the argument by additional solicitor general P P Malhotra, who had appeared for the ministry of home affairs and had opposed decriminalisation of gay sex.

Taking a strong exception to the change in government's stand, the bench of justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhaya pulled up the Centre and asked it not to make a mockery of the system.

The AP adds: "Tuesday's statement came days after another government lawyer told the court gay sex was "highly immoral" and should be banned. The government quickly denied that lawyer's statement, prompting confusion about its stance on the law. The old law made gay sex punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Prosecutions were rare, but the law was used frequently to harass people."

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  1. Good to know!
    Now I can keep dreaming of visiting India some day...

    Posted by: George F | Feb 28, 2012 9:29:49 AM

  2. Romans 1:26-27 - "Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion."

    Posted by: vudeee | Feb 28, 2012 10:41:50 AM

  3. Genesis 19:33 "And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose." Daddy...

    Posted by: Dave | Feb 28, 2012 10:49:09 AM

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