Govt leaves gay rights issue to SC

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Legalising Homosexuality
New Delhi, Sep 17: Addressing a press conference on the government's stance on making gay sex legal, Ambika Soni said that the government will not challenge the Delhi High order decriminalising Homosexuality.

Announcing a no objection to the historic Delhi High Court court judgment, Soni said that the cabinet has decided to leave the decision to the Supreme Court. She said that the Attorney General will help the Supreme Court make the decision on the High Court order.

This was based on the decision three-member committee comprising Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and the Law Minister M Veerappa Moily, Soni said.

"The Union Cabinet today studied the report and has decided that Attorney General to help all possible help of Supreme Court to take a decision on the correctness of High Court"s decision on Section 377 of Indian Penal Code," said Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni

Although the government's nod could have helped the movement of legalising homosexuality gain momentum, it's evident that the government backed out of this worried over political repercussions of the move.

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