Hurrah! Indian Supreme Court will review anti-gay law

Some good news out of India…

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LGBT rights supporters cheer Indian Supreme Court decision outside the court on Feb. 2, 2016. (Photo courtesy of The Hindu) LGBT rights supporters cheer Indian Supreme Court decision outside the court on Feb. 2, 2016. (Photo courtesy of The Hindu)

The Indian Supreme Court today agreed to a review of its own 2013 decision that had reinstated India’s colonial-era anti-LGBT law.

The sodomy law, known as Section 377, had been overturned by the Delhi High Court in 2009.

A five-judge panel will re-examine the 2013 ruling that turned millions of Indian citizens into unapprehended criminals by re-criminalizing homosexuality.

Gay rights activists have said that thousands of people in the LGBT community became open about their sexual identity during the four years from 2009 to 2013 when gay sex was effectively decriminalized, and now they faced the threat of being prosecuted.

By one account, at least 587 people were arrested in 2014 on charges of violating Section 377.

Today’s ruling was made in response to several “curative petitions,” including one filed by…

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