India Legalizes Gay Sex
High court's decision hailed as 'India's Stonewall'
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2009 3:57 AM CDT
Pparticipants dance as they hold a placard demanding the dropping of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that makes homosexuality illegal, during a gay parade in New Delhi, India.   (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan, File)

(Newser) – An Indian court has struck down a colonial-era law that declared gay sex an "unnatural offense" and made it punishable by up to 10 years in jail, the BBC reports. The court ruled that the 150-year statute violated the rights of citizens by criminalizing consensual acts. India's gay rights campaigners hailed the decision as "India's Stonewall," but warned that gays still face widespread persecution.

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