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India re-states ban on gay sex

In 2009 the Indian High Court passed judgment that decriminalised gay sex. The case itself continued through the justice system and reached the Supreme Court. The challenge to the High Court’s decision was taken by a combination of Christian and Muslim religious groups, and a far right politician. In December 2013, the Supreme Court overturned the High Court’s decision and reinstated the ban on homosexuality.

The decision itself surprised many as the court has passed a number of progressive judgments on a number of different issues. It had been anticipates that the court would affirm the original decision.

The judgment has been remarked upon by the UN commissioner on human rights.

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