LGBTQ Community Celebrates Historic Verdict Ending Ban On Homosexuality

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The New York Times observed that the decision - a unanimous verdict expressed in four concurrent judgments - ended "one of the world's oldest bans on consensual gay sex" and buried "one of the most glaring vestiges of Indias colonial past".

The legal battle to strike down Section 377 lasted for years before the Delhi High Court ruled in 2009 that the law could not be applied to consensual sex. Make way for the progressive realisation of social and economic rights and to begin a dialogue for ensuring individual rights reports, have to bid adieu to perception stereotypes.

Gay sex is considered taboo by many in socially conservative India, as well as in neighbouring Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

"Take me as I am", said CJI Misra, quoting the German philosopher Nietzsche. The co-author of a homophobia report tells CNN 30 of almost 50 former British colonies still have the colonial-era anti-LGBT laws on the books; Al Jazeera notes nearby Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh still consider homosexuality illegal.

"That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet", he said, reciting Shakespeare.

On its official Twitter handle, the Congress said, "We join the people of India & the LGBTQIA+ community in their victory over prejudice". Criminalising gay sex is irrational and indefensible, reported ANI.

People belonging to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community celebrate after the Supreme Court's verdict of decriminalizing gay sex and revocation of the Section 377 law, at an NGO in Mumbai, India, September 6, 2018.

Their judgement said: "We declare that Section 377 of the IPC, insofar as it criminalizes consensual sexual acts of adults in private, is violative of Articles 21 [Right to Protection of Life and Personal Liberty], 14 [Right to Equality before Law] and 15 (Prohibition of Discrimination on Grounds of Religion, Race, Caste, Sex or Place of Birth) of the constitution".

The judges in the case had previously said that homosexuals in India faced deep-rooted trauma and live in fear.

It was like a scene from a Bollywood blockbuster as staff at one of New Delhi's most luxurious hotels performed an elaborate dance routine in the lobby to celebrate a historic Supreme Court ruling on gay rights.

In its ruling, the court said sexual orientation was a "biological phenomenon" and that any discrimination on that basis violated fundamental rights.

Back then, the court said that only the legislature could change laws.

"The constitution nurtures dissent as safety valve of society, we can't change history but can pass way for better future", the Supreme Court said. But that verdict was controversially overturned by the Supreme Court in 2013. "They should be allowed to make their choices", he added.

The Indian government had opposed ending Section 377 but said ahead of the hearing that it would leave the decision to the "wisdom" of the Supreme Court. "The next step for me is that I am look forwards to the day when we are given right to have a civil partnership", said Kumar.

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