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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

(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. (Read more India stories.)

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