India upholds gay sex ban

India protest for LGBT rights

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BY ZACK FORD
Think Progress

The Supreme Court of India issued a brief ruling Tuesday stating that it will not reconsider the case in which it recently upheld the country’s law criminalizing gay sex.

The ruling is a response to what’s called a review petition, a motion that asks the same judges that originally heard the case to reconsider it. Lawmakers could attempt to repeal the law, but with an election coming up in May and a backlash expected from socially conservative Hindu nationalists, the political climate is not currently very accommodating for that change.

One last option remains, which is called a curative petition. That motion asks senior judges of the full Indian Supreme Court to intervene for the sake of protecting basic rights. Still, the rejection of the review petition does not bode well for a curative petition’s fate.

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