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Thursday, September 06, 2018

India Strikes Down Sodomy Laws and Endorses Principle of Equal Treatment for LGBTQ People

Nico Lang for Into
It’s official: India has struck down its century-old law criminalizing gay sex. In a historic verdict announced Thursday, a five-judge panel ruled Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code is unconstitutional. First enacted during British rule in the 1860s, the colonial codes outlaw “unnatural offenses… against the order of nature.” All four opinions submitted to the court were concurring, showing unanimous agreement. Justices concluded LGBTQ people are guaranteed equal treatment under the constitution and that anti-gay discrimination violates freedom of expression.
Joyful images of joy (for example, these via Buzzfeed) bring me joy. Nice to remember, how marvelous joy is. This is great news, and there is a big rolling world for the rising, secularizing, diversifying, greening, abolition-democratizing American coalition to join up with as we destroy the last vestiges of cisheteronormative white supremacist authoritarian extractive-industrial corporate-militarism here in sick sad Trumpworld.

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