After over 150 years of anti-LGBT legislation, India’s Supreme Court has finally ruled to decriminalize consensual gay sex. This was a unanimous decision and is a major victory for India’s LGBT activists after years of long legal battles fighting for change.

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Section 377 of the Indian penal code, which previously banned gay sex, dates back to 1861 when the country was under British colonial rule. The law is generally interpreted as a ban on all oral and anal sex, and carried a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for intercourse “against the order of nature.”

This decision paves the road for a space of freedom and justice in India, and the opportunity to extend even greater legal protections for the LGBTQ+ community.

 

 

 

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