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Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Supreme Court says 'no' to LGBT supporters appealing Mississippi's 'religious freedom' law

Supreme Court says 'no' to LGBT supporters appealing Mississippi's 'religious freedom' law

"It is an archaic provision, which has no place in 21st century India. the time has come that either the courts must read down Section 377 or the government should repeal Section 377 from the IPC", he said.

The SC also issued a notice to the Centre seeking response on a writ petition filed by five members of LGBT community, who say they live in fear of Police due to their natural sexual preferences.

Colorado is aiming to bolster gay rights by enforcing an anti-discrimination law, even though the Denver-area baker says he has a religious objection to same-sex marriage.

A three-judge bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, while "taking all aspects in a cumulative manner, we are of the view that the decision in Suresh Kumar Koushal 's case requires reconsideration", referred the matter to a larger bench to be constituted by the CJI and also sought the assistance of Union of India in the matter.

However, in December 2013, the Supreme Court quashed the 2009 Delhi High Court order allowing gay sex and reinstated criminalisation of homosexuality.

The 2016 law was passed in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2015 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

Arvind Datar was speaking for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and said that section 377 was not a "reasonable restriction".

Welcoming the decision, All India Mahila Congress President Sushmita Dev said, "Congress welcomes Supreme Court's decision". A federal judge has allowed the law's challengers to try to find people who have been denied services under the law because they would be able to make a strong legal claim that they have been harmed. The court also issued a notice to the Centre seeking its response to a writ petition filed by five members of the LGBT community. Underlining the need to bring them into the mainstream, the verdict by a bench of Justices KS Radhakrishnan and AK Sikri said transgenders should have all rights under the law, including marriage, adoption, divorce, succession, and inheritance.

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