Cong welcomes SC decision to revisit gay sex law

Supreme Court to review Section 377 which criminalises gay sex

The Mississippi law allowing government workers and businesses to deny services to LGBT people by claiming religious objections will stand because the U.S. Supreme Court has decided against hearing an appeal.

In 2009, the High Court of Delhi ruled against the law, but in 2013, the Supreme Court set aside that ruling, keeping the law in place.

A celebration of gay marriage outside the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015. Moreover, the law also mentions that "penetration is sufficient to constitute the carnal intercourse necessary to the offence described in this section".

The lesbian gay bisexual transgender (LGBT) community has been demanding scrapping of Section 377 of the IPC, under which consensual sexual acts between members of the same sex are an offence entailing punishment up to life term.

Welcoming the decision, All India Mahila Congress President Sushmita Dev said, "Congress welcomes Supreme Court's decision".

The court said, "The determination of the order of nature is not a constant phenomenon".

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In 2009, the Apex court canceled the Delhi HC's order and re-criminalized homosexuality.

"Good laws like Mississippi's protect freedom and harm no one", said Kevin Theriot, one of the group's lawyers. The decision was widely criticised and was seen as a major setback for human rights.

What is the present situation?

Noting that the curative petition against its 2013 judgement is pending before a five-judge Constitution bench, the apex court said the present petition will also be heard by the same larger bench and that a finality could be attained whether gay sex between two consenting adults can be decriminalised.

SC has also issues notice to the Centre seeking response on a writ petition filed by five members of LGBT community, who say they live in fear of Police due to their natural sexual preferences, according to new agency ANI. A promising sign, the Court also asked the government to respond to a petition from five LGBTQ people who said they live in fear of police due to their identities. Underlining the need to bring them into the mainstream, the verdict by a bench of Justices KS Radhakrishnan and AK Sikri said transgenders should have all rights under the law, including marriage, adoption, divorce, succession, and inheritance.

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