India could abolish Sec 377, says Union law minister Sadananda Gowda

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New Delhi, June 30: There might be some good news for the LGBT community in India after all! Days after the US Supreme Court gave the ruling in favour of gay marriage in the country, reports now suggest that India may scrap Section 377 that criminalises same sex marriage and gay liaisons.

Union law minister Sadananda Gowda has said that India could abolish Sec 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and that legislation for same sex marriages could be considered.

India could abolish Sec 377: Gowda

The mood appears to be in favour of it, he was quoted saying by an English daily. " But it can be done only after widespread consultations and taking all views into account," he said.

Gowda was speaking in reference to the recent ruling in the US where gay marriages were legalised in all the states.

However Gowda later said that he had never made such a statement and that he was misquoted by the media.

The Supreme Court had in 2013 overturned a Delhi High Court order that had scrapped Section 377, sparking protests by the LGBT community.

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