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India High Court: No Evidence Gay Sex Harms


India’s gay sex debate continues!

While health officials hope to lift the nation’s colonial-era ban on “buggery,” more conservative politicians are pulling out all the stops to keep the prohibition in place. One civil servant went to so far as to argue that lifting a ban on anal sex would lead to personal injury for participants.

The High Court, however, wasn’t buying it:

“In several countries where ban has been lifted (from gay sex), no one has claimed that the act is injurious. Even WHO does not say that it causes injuries to people involved in such acts,” a bench comprising Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice S Muralidhar remarked while hearing arguments being made on behalf of senior VHP leader B P Singhal that such acts cause injuries to private parts of the people who indulge in gay sex and that it should not be allowed even between consenting adults.

“Do you have any material to substantiate the claim that indulgence in such acts causes injury to people’s body,” the bench asked.

No evidence was submitted, and the court later remarked “human beings are the same everywhere.” That simple, yet powerful statement comes after the court denounced claims that homosexuality’s a disease.

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Nov 7, 2008
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  • 1 Comment
    • Devil Incarnate
      Devil Incarnate

      Now the hearings are over. Lets wait for what the court decides. I think it will rule in favour of GLBT rights.

      Nov 8, 2008 at 9:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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