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Sexy Time: Religious Types Furious Over New Delhi’s Legal Gay Sex

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A British-era law that India kept on the books for over 150 years that criminalized gay sex has been lifted — but only in New Delhi, not the entire country. No longer will “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” possibly lead to 10-year jail sentences. The law, however, was never really about sentencing gay men and women to prison, but giving the police an excuse to harass the community at will. By decriminalizing gay sex, meanwhile, it will have the gradual effect of destigmatizing it as well, which could help India battle the spread of HIV, which estimates claim already hit 2.5 million. More from Delhi High Court’s ruling here. This should give whole new meaning to Delhi’s famed spice market. Naturally, religious conservatives are pissed. TheIndian.com:

Avtar Singh Makkar, president of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), the apex Sikh body, told IANS: “We are shocked on this decision of the court and directly reject its ruling. There is no need of giving a second thought to it as no religion on this earth allows such kind of disgraceful thing to prevail.”

“It is unlawful and takes man on the path that would divert him away from God,” he added.

A member of radical Sikh group Dal Khalsa said on condition of anonymity: “This day should be remembered as a ‘black day’ in the history of mankind. We are unable to understand that how our judiciary can push the whole humanity towards deterioration, just to make a handful of eccentric and wayward individuals happy.

Oh, and some Christians aren’t happy either!

Expressing reservation over the Delhi High court judgement legalising homosexuality, the Catholic Church in Kerala on Thursday said this would ‘open up’ the society to ‘sexual anarchy’.

“Though Homosexual act is immoral, we should be merciful, considerate to people with homosexual tendencies. However, that does not mean they have the right to the homosexual act,” the Catholic Church spokesperson Paul Thelekat said.

“Legalising gay sex will open up the society to some sort of sexual anarchy. Perhaps Indian culture is being eroded by the western promiscuous culture,” he said.

The Church would work with every sensitive person and community to keep the moral fabric of the society intact, he said.

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