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Wednesday
Dec112013

India Recriminalizes Gay Sex

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW DELHI) -- India has once again declared gay sex illegal.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court reinstated the original anti-gay law that had been written in the 19th century when India was still ruled by the British. In 2009, that law had been overturned by a lower court -- a ruling that the Supreme Court now says was unconstitutional.

Gay rights advocates in India are outraged and say it is a major blow to their movement, with convictions resulting in a fine and up to 10 years in prison.

After decades of discrimination, India's LGBT community had been growing in recent years, with gay pride marches in cities like Delhi and Mumbai. 

The Supreme Court says if lawmakers want to repeal the law, they should change it through new legislation.

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