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After Huge Supreme Court Decision, Gay Sex Now is Completely Legal in India



In 1861, when the British ruled India, a law, referred to as Section 377, was put in place, outlawing consensual gay sex.  Since then homosexual acts have been outlawed in India.

Today, thanks to a landmark Supreme Court ruling, it is no longer illegal to take part in homosexual acts, and literally the entire LGBT community in India is taking to the streets to celebrate.  Even Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar took a moment to celebrate, saying, “Letting go of obsolete laws, keeping up with a scientific temper and honoring people’s choices has strengthened our democracy.”

This isn’t the first time that Section 377 was struct down.  Back in July of 2009, the Delhi High Court decriminalized homosexuality, but it didn’t stick.  In December of 2013, the Supreme Court of India overturned the decision saying the matter left up to Parliament to decide, not the judiciary.

The law, while in existence, called for a maximum sentence of life in prison if one were caught taking part in homosexual acts.  While, in recent times, the law was rarely enforced fully, many members of the LGBT community of India believe that its mere existence helped spread hate, fear and repression of homosexuals.

While Indians are celebrating in the streets today, others are taking to social media to celebrate this landmark decision.