India Supreme Court Turns to Astrologer for Informed Opinions on Decriminalizing Gay Sex

Yes, really. “India’s Supreme Court agreed Thursday to hear a petition from a Hindu astrologer who is seeking to annul a recent landmark ruling that decriminalized gay sex. In his petition, Sushil Kumar Kaushal said ‘even animals don’t indulge in such activities,’ adding that allowing gay sex would help spread HIV/AIDS. The latest development indicated that despite a recent Delhi High Court ruling, gays in India still face a long battle to gain acceptance — social and legal — in this deeply conservative country where even heterosexual sex is talked about in hushed tones. ‘”If such abnormality is permitted, then tomorrow people might seek permission for having sex with animals,’ Kaushal said.”