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    Why the US Supreme Court decision on same-sex matters for India

    As you may already know the US Supreme court has ruled that same-sex marriage is now legal across all 50 states in the US, and I am absolutely happy. This is a big big step towards equal rights. In India too, a lot of people showed support for the decision, either through Facebook or by bringing the discussion back this important issue by talking about it on social media and pointing out what we can learn from this.

    The problem in India is that homosexuality is currently a crime in India under an archaic law called Section 377 and the punishment under this law extends from ten years to life in prison. Another problem is that homophobia is still deeply present in Indian society and it’s still a taboo topic that isn’t openly discussed in most Indian homes. In the past few years, however, there has been a lot of debate about LGBT rights in India and there’s been a huge movement across the country towards equal rights. There’s also been a growing acceptance because more people are aware how this law has been misused to harass members of the LGBT community. Personally, I have friends who identify as LGBT who have lived all their lives either in fear of being found out or who have been bullied, harassed or ostracised because of their sexuality. This is wrong and has to change.

    I know it’s a long way to go but I am hopeful that with this decision, the topic of LGBT rights is revived in India and we are able to move towards an equal society.
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