Gay is Fun ;-)

Abeltje Quintijn:

In countries like the Netherlands, the USA, people can (gay) marriage their beloveds, why not in India or Nepal?

People in Nepal, India (and other countries) believes in Incarnation… In the past live you (may) have give your word to God, to be marriage with your partner for lives, in this live you have found your beloved, but the government doen’t allow this. How come? God is above politics!

David with a movie camera also wrote about gay’s see it for your self, please click here

Indian supreme court refuses to review ban on gay sex

NEW DELHI, JAN 28 – India’s supreme court has refused to review the ban on gay sex it imposed last month, rejecting arguments from civil rights campaigners and the Indian government that the move was unconstitutional.

The court’s decision in December to reinstate a ban on same-sex relationships overturned four years ago by a lower court provoked anger and shock in India and overseas.

The UN high commissioner on human rights, Navi Pillay, said the decision represented a “significant step backwards for India” and violated international law.

Sonia Gandhi , the president of the ruling Congress party, called on MPs “to address this issue and uphold the constitutional guarantee of life and liberty to all citizens of India” in the wake of the judgment.

But on Tuesday two judges rejected petitions submitted by government lawyers and campaigners calling for a review of the December decision.

Campaigners who have waged a long battle for same-sex relations to be legalised in the world’s biggest democracy said on Tuesday they would continue the fight, though their options are now limited.

Shaleen Rakesh, an activist, said the decision was “disappointing and horrible” but not unexpected, adding: “The priority for the community is to hold our heads up and maintain self-belief and identity. It is not easy to live in a country where you are criminalised.”

Gay rights activists say gay people in India face significant discrimination and police harassment, even if prosecutions have been rare. Criminalising gay sex also makes many people vulnerable to blackmail, they say, and causes misery for many who already face prejudice, even from close family members.

New legislation, which constitutional experts say is probably necessary to overturn the judgment, looks unlikely. It would be unusually bold for an administration widely seen as weak to take on such a controversial issue so close to a general election to be held by May.

The opposition Bharatiya Janata party, which has roots in deeply conservative Hindu religious and cultural organisations, has supported the reinstatement of the ban and is currently leading the polls.

The fierce debate over the supreme court’s decision to reinstate section 377, the 153-year-old law against “unnatural offences” introduced under colonial rule, which has long been interpreted as applying to same-sex relationships, is a further example of how sexuality has become a battleground in India, often revealing cultural splits between generations, between urban and rural dwellers and between those who invoke a “traditional past” contaminated by western influences and those who stress a local history of pluralism and tolerance.

The supreme court judges argued that the Delhi high court had overstepped its powers with the decision four years ago as only India’s government could change the law. Section 377 should, therefore, be reinstated, they said.

Few thought the legal challenge – launched by conservatives including Muslim and Christian religious associations, a rightwing politician and a retired government official-turned astrologist – against the 2009 decision to succeed. The supreme court is known for broadly progressive judgments that often order politicians or officials to respect the rights of the poor, disadvantaged or marginalised.

The Indian author Vikram Seth said the December judgment showed “intellectual shabbiness and ethical hollowness” that went against the true culture of an enormously diverse country.

“We are each of us in some way – by caste, gender, sexuality , language or religion – a minority, and the great achievement of the Indian polity over three generations is that somehow or other we have kept together as a nation,” Seth, 61, said in an interview with the Guardian last month.

Defenders of the supreme court decision said the objections of the judges to the repeal of section 377 were “constitutional and legal, not moral”.

But critics said that the wording of the judgment reveals deep prejudice. The ruling refers to the “so-called rights of LGBT persons”, describes same-sex relations as “against the order of nature” and says that “lesbians, gays, bisexuals or transgenders constitute only a miniscule fraction of the country’s population”.

Posted on: 2014-01-28 08:59

French protest against gay marriage turns violent

PARIS , APR 24 –

Clashes have broken out between protesters and riot police near France’s National Assembly building hours after the country legalized gay marriage.

Some protesters opposed to the measure legalizing same-sex marriage hurled glass bottles, cans and metal bars, and riot police responded with tear gas at the Invalides memorial and museum complex, near the National Assembly.

Hours earlier, French lawmakers legalized gay marriage after a wrenching national debate that exposed deep conservatism in the nation’s heartland and tapped into intense discontent with the Socialist government.

The measure passed easily in the Socialist-majority Assembly, 331-225.

Following the vote, members of the gay and lesbian community flocked to a square in central Paris, just behind City Hall, to celebrate.

Posted on: 2013-04-24 09:14


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