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Homosexuality Once Again Illegal in India

Culture

Homosexuality Once Again Illegal in India

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For all of the strides we’ve made here in America in recent years regarding matters of same sex marriage, still not enough you could easily argue, it’s important to remember how much worse off people throughout the rest of the world still have it. (The map above, via the Washington Post, breaks it down.) Just today, homosexuality was ruled illegal, once again, in India, by the Supreme Court.

The ruling reverses a landmark judgment by a lower court, which in 2009 decided that an 1861 law that forbids “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with man, woman or animal” was unconstitutional. The law, passed by the British, makes homosexuality punishable by 10 years in prison. Only Parliament can change that law, the Supreme Court ruled. NYT

Thanks colonialism!

So what do their conservatives in India sound like on the matter? A lot like ours, actually.

S. Q. R. Ilyas, a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, which had filed a petition in the case asking that the lower court decision be reversed, praised Wednesday’s ruling.

“These relationships are unethical as well as unnatural,” Dr. Ilyas said. “They create problems in society, both moral and social. This is a sin as far as Islam is concerned.”

Dr. Ilyas can go fuck himself. Unless that’s illegal too.

So what can we do? I don’t know, man. I really don’t.  Naz, a gay rights and HIV prevention group, are the people on the ground there leading the fight. Supporting them would be a good place to start.