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PHOTOS: Men and Women in India Go “Gay For A Day” to Protest Supreme Court’s Ban on Gay Sex

Young people in India are taking to Facebook to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to re-ban gay sex.

Thousands of gay people and straight allies in India have posted photos of themselves kissing someone of their same gender to their Facebook profiles in an effort to celebrate homosexuality and show a message of solidarity with the LGBT community.

“At this very difficult time, we must support our friends and family and fellow citizens for their right to express their sexuality,” organizer Tanmay Sahay said. “All you have to do is change your profile picture to one in which you are kissing someone from your gender in protest of the Supreme Court of India’s ruling that criminalizes homosexuality.”

In 2004, the Delhi High Court lifted the country’s ban on intercourse between consenting adults of the same sex. The law was originally written in 1860 and violation carried a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. But earlier this week, lawmakers voted to put the colonial era law back on the books, effectively setting back human rights some 150 years.

The law has been described by LGBT activists as “the worst event to happen in global gay rights in the past decade.”

The “gay for a day” campaign has quickly gone viral, with over 4,000 people signing up and hundreds uploading photographs of them kissing their friends.

Scroll down to see more photos posted by activists.

Photo credit: Facebook.