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Indian Officials Vow Action on Supreme Court Decision Recriminalizing Gay Sex

Indian officials are vowing to take action against the Supreme Court ruling which overturned the 2009 decision decriminalizing homosexual acts, NPR reports:

Sibal"We will have to change the law. If the Supreme Court has upheld that law, then we will certainly have to take firm steps," Law Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters. "Change has to be made fast and any delay cannot take place."

Sibal said the government was considering at least two options: "One of the [options] ... could be to bring it to Parliament at the earliest," he said. "The other [option] could be to approach the Supreme Court or take any other route."

Sibal's comments were echoed by other government officials.

Sonia Gandhi, the head of the ruling Congress Party, who is among the most powerful political figures in the country, said Wednesday she was disappointed by the Supreme Court's ruling, adding she hoped, "Parliament will address the issue and uphold the constitutional guarantee of life and liberty to all citizens of India, including those directly affected by the judgment."

A U.S. State Department spokesperson was grilled yesterday on what the U.S. response would be, but had few answers.

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  1. "... she was disappointed by the Supreme Court's ruling..."

    One of the few good things to come out of this will be that it will force legislators to take public stands one way or the other on the issue. No more hiding behind the Supreme Court.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 12, 2013 2:18:52 PM


  2. This sort of response from an Indian official shows why the overreaction of some commenting on this site (calling for boycotts and more or less writing India off) were, shall we say, a bit premature.

    Guys, before getting all the folks in town to run around with pitchforks to kill the monster, first make sure there really is a monster.

    All the India Supreme Court did was to say it was up to the legislature to fix it: whether a law is constitutional or not does not depend on whether it is a good or bad law, but whether it meets specific criteria. If the courts threw out laws simply because a judge didn't like the law, the legislature can't function meaningfully. If you want to criticize India's supreme court for this particular decision, you should first study India's constitution to understand what the criteria are for declaring a law to be unconstitutional.

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 12, 2013 2:21:27 PM


  3. toner fiyatları Supreme Court did was to say it was up to the legislature to fix it: whether a law is constitutional or not does not depend on whether it is a good or bad law, but whether it meets specific criteria. If the courts threw out laws simply because a judge didn't like the law, the legislature can't function meaningfully. If you want to criticize India's supreme court for this particular decision, you should first study India's constitution to understand what the criteria are for declaring a law to be unconstitutional.

    Posted by: toner fiyatları | Dec 12, 2013 2:52:46 PM


  4. Indian women are gang-raped, have acid thrown into their faces for disobeying their parents and, in more extreme circumstances, are the victims of honor killings for causing shame to their families. Yet it's The Gays who are being persecuted.

    Posted by: Gigi | Dec 12, 2013 2:58:22 PM


  5. The str8s give and the str8s take away.

    @GIGI you're being guilty right now of trying to make everything about everything else. Cheap, tired, worn-out old tactic to try and short-circuit, and shame focus on something. A churlish attitude won't help you, either.

    Posted by: Time | Dec 12, 2013 3:32:50 PM


  6. @ Gigi,

    You certainly have every right to express your satisfaction that India's 19th-century sodomy law is still in place, with all of its huge potential for blackmail. However, sweetie, freedom of speech is everyone's right. The majority of your fellow Americans (who disagree with you on this point) also have every right to tell you to do the following:

    (1) wear too much makeup because you look bad
    (2) wear too much perfume because you smell bad
    (3) realize that "civility in public discourse" is a two-way street
    (4) STFU unless you can take it as well as dish it out

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Dec 12, 2013 3:40:18 PM


  7. We are queer. We are sexual outlaws. So it isn't really wrong for India to put that down in writing. They *should* arrest the Indian queers. And the Indian gays need to start identifying as queer and learning to live like outlaws. It is a more exciting life anyway.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 12, 2013 4:29:09 PM


  8. It's very sad and disgusting that the country that created someone as amazing as Gandhi is now in 2013 recriminalizing some of their citizens. Since the country is already well known to be a destination for child trafficking(read Ricky Martin's Autobiography),gang raping and destroying INTELLIGENT and SELF-EMPOWERED women(Netflix Born into Brothels) not to mention the EXTREME poverty and a 'caste system' that works well for those at the top(Justices,Attorneys,etc.)and literally suffocates those on the bottom. Just like poverty stricken Africa and Putin obnoxious Dictatorship in Russia and all the supposedly other 'anti-western' countries they have chosen to be anti-humanity and by default anti-tourist. They continue to ISOLATE themselves from the world(just like the Rethugicans) and expect others to be fine with it since it's "the law". Perhaps more LGBT Indians can be granted Amnesty to live in the USofA so they can live their lives with the freedom, honesty, integrity and truth that all humans deserve.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Dec 12, 2013 5:10:16 PM


  9. @SFShawn: Take a deep breath. This isn't as dire as you think. Read Bill and Toner's comments above.

    Posted by: alex | Dec 12, 2013 6:46:38 PM


  10. Every post on this topic has really brought out the crazies. And that's saying something because the towleroad comments section has descended to about the same level as yahoo.

    Posted by: Brian1 | Dec 12, 2013 7:36:41 PM


  11. India is just behind the times, and the country will eventually catch up with civilization.

    Same thing with Texas! :)

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Dec 12, 2013 9:44:08 PM


  12. i salute supreme court decision against guys.
    jo log inka paks karte hai wo b inki tereh kar k dikho apni ladki ko kaho k apni maa k sath or apne bete ko kaho k baap ya bhai k sath sex kare. kute k sath b kar sakte hai. sab kuch kanuni vaidh bana do. nange ho kar ghumo ye b azadi do.sudhar jao nahi to rone k siwa kuch nai bache ga

    Posted by: SANJEEV | Dec 13, 2013 2:12:07 AM


  13. I am a gay but I never wanted to be a gay. Its not by choice. To be a gay is very painful. We cant tell our family that we are this way. We have to hide our feelings because majority is always against minority.
    Most of the people are right handers but some are left handers too. Can left handers be declared criminals because they are minority?

    Posted by: sk | Dec 15, 2013 7:24:09 AM


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