Twitterati lauds Supreme Court's decision to legalise gay sex

During the hearings the Supreme Court had observed that stigma attached to ‘gay sex’ will be removed once the ‘criminality attached to Section 377 of the IPC goes

Supreme Court decriminalises Section 377, declares homosexuality legal

A supporter of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community holds a rainbow flag as he celebrates after the Supreme Court's verdict of decriminalizing gay sex and revocation of the Section 377 law, during a march in Mumbai, India, September 6, 2018. "We welcome the progressive & decisive verdict from the Supreme Court & hope this is the beginning of a more equal & inclusive society".

"This section 377 is a awful colonial legacy", Menaka Guruswamy, one of the lawyers representing the petitioners, had argued in court in July.

Strangers handed flowers to members of the community, some waved banners while others celebrated quietly, overcome with emotion. "It makes a huge difference, being legal to illegal", said Bismaya Kumar Raulo with the LGBT advocacy group, Impulse.

A 5-member bench declared a unanimous verdict to end the British-era law.

Justice Malhotra reportedly said that history owed an apology to the members of the LGBT community and their families for the delay in providing redressal for the ignominy and ostracism that they have suffered through the centuries.

Sparks says the court ruling will not impact how India Partners presents the gospel in India and will focus on teaching God's commands knowing it impacts the church and the community because Christians can be a model for the community.

It also hoped the ruling will be the first step towards guaranteeing the full range of fundamental rights to such persons.

On Thursday, the opposition Congress Party welcomed the "progressive and decisive verdict".

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"Any discrimination on the basis of s3xual orientation violates fundamental rights", Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, who was head of the five-judge bench, said in Thursday's ruling, Al Jazeera reported.

It also said that "consensual carnal intercourse among adults, be it homosexual or heterosexual, in private space, does not in any way harm the public decency or morality".

Respect for each other's rights, and others are supreme humanity.

Activists who have spearheaded the decades long battle to win gay rights said overturning the law is an historic decision, but only a first step in winning gay rights.

In a country where homosexuality is still widely frowned upon, activists said the next challenge will be to build societal acceptance.

"We are no longer criminals, (but) it will take time to change things on the ground - 20 to 30 years, maybe", said Saha. "You can't change the mindsets of the people with the hammer of law", said Pandit Ajay Gautam of the fringe Hum Hindu group. "They calls us names, they tease us, they bully us, so it is still very prevalent".

"The Bangladeshi LGBT community has gained moral support", said Shahanur Islam, executive director of the Bangladesh Institute for Human Rights.

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