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Rogue Indian Minister Advocates Sodomy Ban: “Gay Sex Is Highly Immoral And Against Social Order”

“Gay sex is highly immoral and against social order and there is high chance of spreading of diseases through such acts,” said Additional Solicitor General (ASG) P P Malhotra, a government official in the Union Ministry for Home Affairs, before the Indian Supreme Court today.

We hope that little “Additional” qualification on his title means “lesser” or “extra,” because those sure are some dangerously backward views on gay sex—not that the likes of Santorum and American conservatives are much more advanced. Unfortunately, the Minister of Home Affairs is an office that’s almost as powerful as that of the Prime Minister in India.

The Indian High Court ruled in 2009 to decriminalize gay sex (which carried a maximum penalty of life in prison), but now a conservative backlash has uprisen and the Court is hearing anti-gay-sex arguments.

“Our Constitution is different and our moral and social values are also different from other countries, so we cannot follow them,” Malhotra continued, according to the Deccan Herald. He also added that the societal stigma against gay sex is enough reason to ban it.

Yes, and the collective societal disgust around picking one’s nose means we ought to criminalize that, too.

But! Not one minute before we were about to publish this article, we saw a new article in the Deccan Chronicle alerting us that the Home Minister has already distanced itself from Malhotra’s severe statements. Does this mean that Malhotra took a page from Sarah Palin and went rogue?

“Ministry of Home Affairs has not taken any position on homosexuality,” the office said. “Ministry of Home Affairs has also not given any instruction apart from conveying the decision of the Cabinet.”

The whole thing is a mess. Stay tuned.

Photo of Bangalore Gay Pride via Vinayak Das