LGBT verdict updates: Rahul Gandhi says it is an individual choice

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New Delhi, Dec 12: A day after the Supreme Court reversed the Delhi High Court's order on homosexuality and criminalised gay sex, reactions not just from the LGBT community but from across the nation poured in. The order has sparked protests and debate in the country, with many questioning the SC verdict. Following are the reactions and updates throughout the day-

8. AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi today said that he was in favour of the Delhi High Court's verdict on section 377 that had decriminalised gay sex. "It is an individual choice. It is a matter of personal freedom'" he said.

7. Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj today hit out at Congress and said that there was no point in expressing disappointment. "Government must come up with a proposal on Section 377," she said addressing media persons.

6. United Nations today criticised Supreme Court's verdict on Section 377 and said that it was a step backwards. "SC decision to reinstate ban on gay sex is a significant step backwards for India. Ban on gay sex violates landmark international, civil and political rights pact ratified by India," it said.

5. According to reports, the government is mulling the ordinance route to amend Section 377 that decriminalises homosexuality.

4. Congress spokesperson Sanjay JHa today questioned BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on his silence over the Section 377 issue and tweeted: 

3. Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday issued a statement and said that she was disappointed with the SC's order. "I hope that Parliament will address this issue and uphold the constitutional guarantee of life and liberty to all citizens of India including those directly affected by this judgement.

2. Union Minister Kapil Sibal hit out at the SC verdict and said that this was an archaic law that needs to be changed. He tweeted saying that adult consensual relationships must also be decriminalised.

1. Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that with this verdict the country has gone back in 1860. "Its gone back to 1860. I don't want to name but those politicians opposing it, it's unfortunate," he said.

In Mumbai

LGBT activists protest against the Supreme Court verdict which validated the section 377 of IPC, in Mumbai on Wednesday.

In Mumbai

LGBT activists protest against the Supreme Court verdict which validated the section 377 of IPC, in Mumbai on Wednesday.

In Mumbai

LGBT activists protest against Supreme Court's verdict on homosexuality, in New Delhi on Wednesday. The apex court on Wednesday set aside the decision of the Delhi High Court, which had in 2009 decriminalised sexual relation between persons belonging to same sex.

In Mumbai

LGBT activists protest against Supreme Court's verdict on homosexuality, in New Delhi on Wednesday. The apex court on Wednesday set aside the decision of the Delhi High Court, which had in 2009 decriminalised sexual relation between persons belonging to same sex.

In Mumbai

LGBT activists protest against Supreme Court's verdict on homosexuality, in New Delhi on Wednesday. The apex court on Wednesday set aside the decision of the Delhi High Court, which had in 2009 decriminalised sexual relation between persons belonging to same sex.

In Mumbai

LGBT activists shout slogans as they protest after Supreme Court's verdict on homosexuality, in Bengaluru on Wednesday. The apex court on Wednesday set aside the decision of the Delhi High Court, which had in 2009 decriminalised sexual relation between persons belonging to same sex.

In Mumbai

Members of LGBT community react after the judgement of Supreme Court against the section 377 in Mumbai on Wednesday. The apex court on Wednesday set aside the decision of the Delhi high court, which had in 2009 decriminalised sexual relation between persons belonging to same sex.

In Mumbai

Ashok Rai Kavi (3rd from L) and other LGBT activists interact with media after Supreme Court's verdict on section 377 of IPC, in New Delhi on Wednesday. The apex court on Wednesday set aside the decision of the Delhi high court, which had in 2009 decriminalised sexual relation between persons belonging to same sex.

In Mumbai

Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Trans-genders (LGBT) at the Delhi Queer Pride parade 2013 in New Delhi on Sunday.

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