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India’s Supreme Court said today it would review a British-era law known as Section 377 which criminalizes homosexuality, and no one should have to live in fear due to their sexual orientation. The court said “the order of nature is not a constant phenomenon. Societal morality also changes from age to age.”
The 2013 judgment that reinstated the law that considers same gender sex as “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” and punishable by up to 10 years in prison needs to be reconsidered because “the confines of law can’t trample or curtail the inherent right to life and liberty.”
The Court also asked the government to clarify its stand on homosexuality. The government is led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. In 2014, BJP members of parliament blocked efforts to move a private members bill to scrap Section 377.