In a landmark verdict that came out on the 6th of September 2018, the highest judicial body in India, the Indian Supreme Court, decriminalized Section 377, which means that having gay sex in India is absolutely legal, and does not make you a criminal!
The judgement has made it absolutely clear that who you want to have sex with and your Sexual preference is not an area in which anyone else has the right to interfere, and no one can brand you a criminal on the basis of the gender of your sexual partner.
This is great news, and if you are in a sexual relationship with someone from the same sex, here are a few things that this landmark judgement means for your relationship if you live in India.
Your Sexual Orientation Is Absolutely Natural
The Supreme Court ruling clearly stated that sexual orientation is natural and people do not have any control over it. This means that, nothing that you do, say or see can suddenly change your Sexual Preference and turn you gay. This is something you are born with and if you like to have sex with someone of your own gender, it makes you as natural and normal as someone who likes to have sex with someone of the opposite gender.
As Long As It Is With Consent, It Is Perfectly Legal
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The new judgement also says that as long as you are an adult and are having sex with another consensual adult inside a private space, and in such a way that it is not causing any harm to any child or woman, what you are doing within a closed and private space is your natural right. No one has the right to harass you on the basis of who you are having sex with, as long as the persons involved are adults and it is being done in private.
Being A Homosexual In India Is Legal
Great news and this is just the start! If you are in a relationship with a same-sex partner, you can now openly talk about it if you choose to, without the scare of any form of legal action. However, this is just the beginning and the laws on marriage are still not in place, which means that even though you may be able to have a live-in relationship with your partner of the same sex, you may still not be able to legally marry a same-sex person yet.
You now have the freedom to love whoever you want to, and no one has the right to deny you this basic happiness. Be together and be safe.
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