23 Feb '12, 7am

#Indian ministry calls #gay #sex 'immoral', urges ban - #AFP #homosexuality #AIDS

India 's home ministry urged the country's Supreme Court on Thursday to reverse a landmark decision decriminalising gay sex, saying homosexuality is immoral, "against nature and spreads HIV." The Supreme Court is hearing more than a dozen petitions filed to overturn a 2009 ruling by the Delhi High Court that decriminalised gay sex between consenting adults for the first time. A colonial-era ban was judged to be unconstitutional in a decision hailed by gay activists as a victory in their fight for equal rights and opportunities in the world's biggest democracy. Gay sex "is highly immoral and against the social order," additional solicitor general P.P. Malhotra , who is representing the home ministry, argued in India's top court in New Delhi. He added that "homosexuality is against nature and spreads HIV" while anal sex was responsible for spreading disease. The ministry sup...

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