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> Tears of jubilation in India after the top court struck down a law criminalizing gay sex.>>
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>> It's a landmark ruling that activists hope will pave the way towards equality in the socially conservative nation. On Thursday, the Supreme Court voted unanimously to scrap the ban, which has stood since the colonial era.
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Homosexual sex had carried a ten-year jail sentence. And while it had been decriminalized in the past, it was reinstated as a criminal act in 2013. Activists have for years been fighting to overturn the ban. The South Asia Director for Human Rights Watch thanked them for braving the worst sort of prejudice, tweeting that it's a good day for human rights.
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The five judges on the case have previously said India's LGBT community face deep-rooted trauma and live in fear. They added Thursday, that any relations between two consenting adults cannot be unconstitutional. But it'll face tough opposition, including from within the ruling BJP party. Prominent lawmaker Subramanian Swamy said earlier this year that homosexuality was quote, unnatural and against Hindu nationalism.
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But the government has promised to uphold the Supreme Court's ruling.