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Gay Sex No Longer Illegal In New Delhi

The gay pride parade in New Delhi, India may have just ended, but supporters of the gay right’s movement rose that striped flag once again in celebration of the decriminalization of gay sex in the traditionally conservative country. While the New Delhi High Court did not legalize homosexuality, it did grant gay Indians the freedom to make same-sex love.Human rights and sexual freedom group the Naz Foundation worked with gay rights groups to finally abolish Section 377, the law defining homosexual intercourse as an “unnatural offense” that is “inhuman” and was often used to blackmail and intimidate homosexuals from revealing their true orientations. The High Court ruled today that Section 377 violates basic human rights, now allowing gay sex between consenting adults. There is still a large anti-gay sentiment among religious figures and traditionalists, who say that there will be an increased spread of HIV/AIDS. Right now, the decriminalization only applies to the capital city of New Delhi, but with widespread AIDS education and testing and increased support for the gay rights movement, the freedom to love whomever you please will hopefully spread to the rest of the country. [Huffington Post]

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