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India’s Supreme Court Decriminalizes Gay Sex

History has been made in India as their Supreme Court just ruled that gay sex is no longer illegal.

In the twelve months preceding this landmark decision, India had already taken huge strides towards greater equality for its LGBTQ citizens. Last year, laws were created to protect all citizens right to privacy, and it was hoped this might lead to a better life and greater protection for LGBTQ+ Indians. Those hopes have been realized, and the Supreme Court has officially scrapped a colonial-era ban on gay sex.

The ruling overturns a 2013 judgment that upheld a colonial-era law, known as section 377, under which gay sex is categorized as an “unnatural offence”.

India's Supreme Court Decriminalizes Gay Sex A Time line of section 377
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Section 377

Section 377 was a piece of legislation instated in Indian law back in the 1860s by British rule, and it penalized sex that was “against the order of nature” with a maximum sentence of 10 years.

That legislation has now been struck down and means gay people can finally feel safer in India.

India’s more prominent cities were already in favor of removing the law, but religious groups and conservative rural areas were opposed to scrapping Section 377.

This Supreme Court ruling is, according to the BBC, “now the final say in the matter and cannot be challenged. As such, it represents a huge victory for India’s LGBT community.”


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