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>> India's top court has begun weighing whether to over turn a ban on gay sex. On Tuesday the Supreme Court began hearing arguments challenging a Colonial area law which effectively bans homosexuality. Even though activists face opposition from ruling law makers, they say they are optimistic that the ban can be thrown out.
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>> And we are looking forward to the judgment. We have faith in the courts.>> Lawyers for those challenging the law told the court it represented outdated Victorian morals and stifled individual rights. Currently, gay sex is punishable by up to ten years in jail, but enforcement is uncommon.
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Activists say, even so, it's used to harass and blackmail gay people.>> I think one of the most important things is that, finally, the government is talking about it. Or at least ready to hear about it.>> The hearing comes nearly a year since the Supreme Court ruled individual privacy is a fundamental right, which experts say may affect how the petition plays out.
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Lawyers challenging the ban argued Tuesday, sexual orientation and gender were not matters of choice, and an intrinsic part of individual identity.