Indian gay rights activists in Bangalore hold up placards, calling for the repeal of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, as they demonstrate Saturday against the Supreme Court ruling reinstating a ban on gay sex. India's governmental leaders said Thursday that they would look at ways to swiftly reverse the previous day's shocking ruling that reinstated the ban, and they accused the Supreme Court of dragging the country back to the 19th century.
Antigay Group Says India Got It Right

By Jeffrey Hartinger

Originally published on Advocate.com December 17 2013 1:30 PM ET

Last week India’s highest court declared that sex between consenting adults of the same gender is once again illegal. The Alliance Defending Freedom, an antigay hate group based in the United States, is defending the ruling and what it means for society as a whole.

"When given the same choice the Supreme Court of the United States had in Lawrence vs. Texas, the Indian Court did the right thing,” said Benjamin Bull, executive director of the organization. "India chose to protect society at large rather than give in to a vocal minority of homosexual advocates. The Texas case laid the groundwork for the invalidation of traditional marriage by a number of courts subsequent to that. The Indian Supreme Court saw what had happened there and was wise enough not to want to go down that road. America needs to take note that a country of 1.2 billion people has rejected the road towards same-sex marriage, and understood that these kinds of bad decisions in the long run will harm society."

The ruling, which reversed a landmark 2009 decision, makes same-sex relations punishable by up to ten years in prison.

Earlier this year, Lisa Biron, an attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom, was convicted on eight felony counts after forcing her daughter to participate in child pornography. She has since been sentenced to 40 years in prison.


JEFFREY HARTINGER is a writer and lives in New York City. Visit his website or follow him @BuffaloGuyInNYC.

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