Section 377 verdict: Pride wins over prejudice
In a historic judgement, the Supreme Court (SC) of India on Thursday ruled that sexual intercourse between consenting adults of the same sex is not a crime, accepting that sexual orientation is natural and people have no control over it. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra announced its verdict on the validity of Section 377 today, revoking the law criminalising consensual gay sex
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There have been many positive developments in favour of the LGBT community on the international front. In May 2015, Ireland legalised same-sex marriages, becoming the first country to allow same sex marriage at a national level by popular vote. In June 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriages to be legal. France, UK, Canada, US, Australia and Brazil have de-criminalised homosexuality. Other countries like Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal,South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Uruguay allow either same sex marriage or a civil union.