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`Govt will assist SC on decriminalising homosexuality`

Last Updated: Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 21:41

New Delhi: Government will assist the
Supreme Court in arriving at a "right decision" on the issue
of decriminalising homosexuality and no decision should be
expected from the Union Cabinet on the matter, Law Minister M
Veerappa Moily said on Sunday.

"The decision has been already given by the Delhi High
Court (decriminalising gay sex). Only question is certain
appeals have been filed before the Supreme Court in which we
(government) are not the party...the parties are petitioners
and respondents. Our law officers will deal with the
question," he told reporters.

Asked when the Cabinet is expected to reach a decision on
whether the Centre will challenge the High Court order in the
apex court, Moily said, "I don`t think you can expect a
decision from the Cabinet. We can only assist the court in
arriving at a right decision."

The apex court is expected to take up the matter shortly.
It had issued a notice to the Centre on a petition filed by a
Christian body, a disciple of Yoga guru Ramdev and an
astrologer seeking a stay on the High Court verdict on the
ground that legalising gay sex will have a catastrophic effect
on the society`s moral fabric.

All the petitioners have sought setting aside of the
July two High Court verdict legalising gay sex between
consenting adults in private, which was earlier a criminal
offence punishable with up to life imprisonment.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 21:41

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