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India’s Supreme Court hears gay sex case

PinkNews.co.uk Staff Writer February 7, 2011

India’s Supreme Court will today hear arguments for and against a 2009 court ruling which decriminalised gay sex.

In 2009, the Delhi high court ruled that a Colonial-era ban on gay sex was unconstitutional.

Section 377 of the penal code punished homosexuality with life imprisonment.

Gay rights campaigners had argued that the law was not only unconstitutional but was also hampering efforts to fight HIV.

The Supreme Court declined to hear the case immediately, opting to wait until petitioners had submitted arguments.

According to the Hindustan Times, religious organisations like All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Utkal Christian Council and Apostolic Churches Alliance have opposed the high court’s verdict.

A final hearing will be held on April 19th.

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