India’s Supreme Court rules sexual orientation is a protected form of privacy

India’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that sexual orientation is protected as a privacy right. Same-sex relationships are still criminalized in India under a dated colonial law.

This week’s ruling gives hope to LGBT+ activists fighting against a 2013 judgment – known in India as the Suresh Koushal verdict – that left it up to Parliament to scrap section 377 that bans “unnatural sex.”

“I am over the moon,” said Anjali Gopalan, founder of Naz Foundation, the organization that that petitioned the High Court in 2001 against section 377, told the Hindustan Times.

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