India Appeal Likens Gay Sex to Bestiality
Court ruling could recriminalize homosexuality
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2009 6:21 PM CDT
Participants dance as they hold a placard demanding the dropping of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that makes homosexuality illegal.   (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan, File)
camera-icon View 4 more images

(Newser) – India’s gay and lesbian community celebrated the Delhi High Court’s decriminalization of homosexual sex last week with lavish parties, but festivities may have been premature, GlobalPost reports. India’s Supreme Court has signaled that it will consider an appeal of the verdict, the climax of an 8-year legal battle that exposed deep divides between liberal elites and socially conservative mainstream India.

Petitioning against the decision, two citizens wrote, “If such abnormality is permitted, tomorrow people might seek permission for having sex with animals.” The tide in India recently has been toward gay rights, bolstered by support from Bollywood stars. But given India’s long-winded judicial process—in which judges often defer difficult cases—gays may have years to wait before celebrating again.