ADDED ON: 09/06/2018

India Just Overturned a 157-Year-Old Law That Criminalized Gay Sex. See How LGBTI Supporters Celebrated the Win

09/05/2018 | Fortune

India’s Supreme Court has overturned Section 377 of its Penal Code, which had criminalized any sexual acts “against the order of nature,” including consensual sex between adults of the same gender. Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the law was “irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary.” Repealing the Colonial-era law is a major win for the LGBTI community in India, where lawyers argued the law helped perpetuate a culture of fear and repression. Prosecution under Section 377 was rare, and mostly leveled only against gay men, but it was long used to blackmail, harass and sexually assault LGBTI Indians, the New York Times reports.

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