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INDIA - Jul 2, 2009

On July 2, 2009, the Delhi High Court overturned the 148-year-old British colonial law describing homosexual intercourse as "carnal intercourse against the order of nature" and recommended that the entire country follow suit.

The court stated, "Indian constitutional law does not permit the statutory criminal law to be held captive by the popular misconceptions of who the LGBTs (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders) are. It cannot be forgotten that discrimination is antithesis of equality and that it is the recognition of equality which will foster the dignity of every individual."

Gay activists and lawmakers will now seek repeal of the nationwide law in Parliament.

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