NEW DELHI — India’s Supreme Court overturned a historic lower-court decision on homosexuality Wednesday, making gay sex a crime in the world’s most populous democracy, with violators facing up to 10 years in prison.
The court ruled that a British colonial-era statute outlawing “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” was constitutional. Changing it should be left to Parliament, not the courts, the judges ruled.The ruling was a striking sign of how the gay rights movement has been met with a fierce backlash in some parts of the world, even as it has made dramatic gains in the United States, Europe and Latin America.
After being married for less than a week, same-sex couples who wed in the ACT will have their unions annulled after the High Court ruled against the laws.
The High Court unanimously ruled that the ACT's laws were inconsistent with the Federal Marriage Act, and were therefore unconstitutional.
This is an honest question with no element of snark or trap involved. I wish I could say this face to face to show my sincerity.
So many people are pro intervention for "Humanitarian Reasons" when it comes to promoting more senseless attacks on other countries when it comes to "Dictatorships" etc, but is this not a crime against equality and humanity?
reply to post by theantediluvian
I'm not sure, but doesn't your article say that the court simply reaffirmed a law which might have been 200 years old? A lower court attempted to say it's really not the law, and the Supreme Court said "Oh, yes it is." This doesn't seem like it was either a sudden move, or an act of the Court which just now criminalized gays.
I just noticed from the article, that the law against gay sex still stands. There is apparently no law against being homosexual. A distinction without a difference? I don't know.
Seems strange they want to continue this outdated colonial law, meanwhile the former colonial power is probably the most liberal country in the world when it comes to gay rights. India wants to be more oppressive than their former colonial masters.
reply to post by dellmonty
Gay people run the spectrum of personalities, temperaments, body types, demeanors, mannerism, whatever. Just like heterosexuals.
You can't put gay people into your narrow box. It's just not representative of reality.