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Court Overturns India’s Gay Sex Ban

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Posted on Jul 2, 2009
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Gay rights activists participate in a rally in Calcutta, India, on Thursday.

Homosexual relations between consenting adults are no longer considered criminal in India, thanks to a court ruling that overturned a long-standing federal law. The BBC rounded up some reactions from Indian citizens after news of the judgment broke around the country.

BBC:

Shiv Prakash Maurya, student, Allahabad

I don’t agree with the court ruling. There is no homosexuality in India, it’s part of Western culture.

The legalising of homosexuality means that we are losing our Indian identity. That’s not a good decision because it will increase the immorality in our country.

[...] Siddharth Singh, 21, NGO worker, New Delhi

Siddharth: It will take a long time for attitudes to change

I welcome the court ruling - we are finally moving in the right direction. Homosexual people, at least legally, can now be equal to the rest of us.

I’ve met many gay and lesbian people through my work. They’ve shared some of the difficulties they had to live with - they couldn’t go to the doctor for example, out of fear that they might be reported and arrested.

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By RAE, January 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm Link to this comment

I don’t know what language you are using, sunni carr, but it isn’t English. I do hope your “god” understands and will help you to rid yourself of your adolescent attitudes as you grow into adulthood.

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By sunni carr, January 17, 2011 at 10:54 am Link to this comment
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its hard and very fustratinq to see and just hear others in diffreent sexualitys. even though i reli dont try to judge others im a christian and god could only handle them . they have the devil in them and needs the lord to give them the word! its crazy these days that teens ,my age thinks its normal and its okay to be in the ‘‘bi’’ world i say NO ! and i get upset to giving them the 411 about adam nd eve. they think i have an issue like wtf!!! get out my life . okayy now wen ur staten its not ur fault ur like thisss. uhmm yes it is!! u choosed to be this way. we ddnt make u. nd for thoose girls out their that says ‘‘boys are too chldsh’’ ive done with the most imature dudes out their and ill still sleep with em. just lord i pray before their with yhu. just help em turn their life around and not down.. =]

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By RAE, January 20, 2010 at 9:02 am Link to this comment

A medical doctor in India was quoted:

“I am not very happy about this ruling.
I am a Christian believer and I think homosexuality is a sickness affecting men and women, that is increasing these days in our affluent materialistic society.

God intended us to enjoy normal sex between faithful heterosexual married partners.

Discrimination is not a good thing and I everyone should enjoy freedom of choice. But freedom of choice is a dangerous thing, because sometimes we choose the wrong things. Freedom is harmful.

I pray for homosexual people to realise their mistake. They need to be educated.”

When I read nonsense like this I want to scream. Sure proves the old adage “When Peter talks about Paul, he usually says more about Peter than Paul.”

It’s people of some influence like this doctor, with his completely absurd attitudes, that need the “education.” Clearly this MD missed many classes in human psychology and sociology. Such ignorance is inexcusable in 2010. He’s a disgrace to the profession.

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By RAE, July 2, 2009 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment

Maurya, a student wrote: “There is no homosexuality in India…”

Oh yes there is. I don’t know what you’ve been “studying” but it isn’t FACT or the RESEARCH LITERATURE.

Just for starters… homosexuality is a NORMAL occurrence throughout the animal kingdom (yup… that includes Indians last time I checked). Oh sure, same-sex relationships are EXPRESSED differently from culture to culture… some are open and honest as in some places in the “west” - others secretive and dishonest as, I guess, in India.

But don’t panic Maurya - there won’t be a rush to join the homosexuals now that it’s legal to be honest in your country. A person either IS homo or heterosexual (or somewhere inbetween) - it’s NOT A CHOICE (did YOU choose YOUR sexuality?)... but whatever a person’s preference now it isn’t going to change just because some court makes it legal or illegal for that matter. As the song says… “I AM WHAT I AM.”

So try educating yourself on the topic - by reading factual literature, not by listening to those as ignorant as you on the subject.

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