Visiting India After the Decriminalization of Gay Sex – Gay Star News

Author: , September 6th, 2018

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India made history by becoming the next country to decriminalize gay sex. The seventh largest state’s supreme court overturned Section 337 today (6 September 2018) after hearing petitions from lawyers representing LGBTI activists. The ban dates back to colonial times and outlawed sexual activities ‘outside the order of nature’. This included homosexual sex.

But its repeal is a landmark in civil rights for the LGBTI community in India. 1.35 billion people live in the country, making it the largest decriminalization in history. So to celebrate, let’s look at just how beautiful India is.

1 Yumthang Valley, Sikkim

Also known as the Valley of Flowers, this beautiful spot is filled with hot springs, yaks, and meadows, centered on a river and surrounded by the Himalayas.

2 Tea Gardens, Munnar

If you can’t think about starting your day without a cup of tea, then you need to visit these Tea Gardens. Rolling hills of green make it one of the most beautiful places to visit in India.

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Gay Couple Turned Away From Cape Town Guesthouse Wins Case

Author: , April 17th, 2015

South_African_Gay_CoupleA gay couple who won a legal case against the owners of a Christian guesthouse can now proclaim victory. A South African court has said LGBTI people cannot be discriminated against in public services.

Neil Coulson and his husband Jonathan Sedgwick had tried to get a room at the Wolseley guesthouse in Cape Town in November 2013. After they tried to book, they were told by owners Marina and Seth Neethling the establishment was not ‘gay friendly’.

Supported by Freedom of Religion SA, the Neethlings argued they were unable to accomodate the gay couple because ‘if they willingly and knowingly make a room available where homosexual sex will be practiced, this will make them liable to sin as they would in effect be helping the homosexual couple to sin.’

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What Does India’s Sodomy Law Ruling Mean for Gay Travelers?

Author: , December 12th, 2013

India Gay TravelA ruling of the Indian Supreme court in India could have widespread consequences also for the travel and tourism industry to India. In Wednesday’s hearing the Supreme Court said that the Delhi High Court overreached its authority by ruling against the ban in 2009. The Delhi High Court moved to abolish Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which classifies anal sex as “carnal intercourse against the order of nature,” in 2009.

The Indian Supreme Court has struck down a 2009 ruling by a lower court to decriminalize homosexual sex and will uphold the ban. India’s gay community was “disappointed” by the ruling and declared it was a “black day” for LGBT rights.

“It is for the legislature to look into desirability of deleting Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code,” the Supreme Court said on Wednesday.

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UK Christian B&B Owners Lose Appeal to Supreme Court

Author: , November 27th, 2013

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The Christian guesthouse owners who banned a gay couple from sleeping in a double room has lost their Supreme Court appeal. Hazelmary and Peter Bull refused to let civil partners Steven Preddy and Martyn Hall stay at Chymorvah House in Marazion in Cornwall, England in 2008.

The British couple, who regard any sex outside marriage as a ‘sin’, have already lost their fight in the Court of Appeal.

Five Supreme Court judges unanimously ruled against the guesthouse owners, saying the Bulls had discriminated against the gay couple.

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UK Supreme Court Will Rule Soon on Homophobic B&B Owners

Author: , November 26th, 2013

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Peter and Hazelmary Bull, the Christian B&B owners who were prosecuted for discriminating against a same-sex couple, will learn on Wednesday if their latest legal challenge at the UK Supreme Court has been successful.

Civil partners Martin Hall and Steven Preddy were turned away from the Chymorvah Hotel near Penzance in 2008 under the Bulls’ policy of not allowing unmarried couples to share rooms.

Judges have twice ruled the Bulls broke equality laws in the running of their business.

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Lithuania Supreme Court Says Yes to Baltic Pride

Author: , July 24th, 2013

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Lithuania’s Supreme Administrative Court approved of their Baltic Pride for the upcoming weekend of July 27-28.

“We warmly welcome today’s ruling, which is not only just but the only possible verdict in any country committed to human rights,” said ILGA-Europe’s executive director, Evelyn Paradis, in a press release.

Previously, the country’s capital, Vilnius, was planned to be the center for Pride, but its authorities failed to supply an alternative route for the Baltic Pride parade. As the final decision loomed with no option to be repealed, the Lithuanian government reversed the ban in the beginning of July.

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Court Says Baltic Pride Can Go Ahead in Lithuania

Author: , July 5th, 2013

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Campaigners have welcomed a decision to reverse this month’s ban on Baltic Pride in Lithuania.

Municipal authorities in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, previously declared that the event, planned for 27 July, could not be held in the city centre and failed to propose an alternative route.

But on Friday LGBT campaign group ILGA-Europe said the ban had been rejected in court.

In a statement ILGA-Europe said: “We congratulate the Lithuanian Gay League and Baltic LGBTI activists who have pressed on to ensure that their right to freedom of assembly is guaranteed. We also congratulate the Lithuanian justice system for taking such a decision and rejecting the discriminatory objections presented by the Vilnius City Council.”

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Hawaiian Judge Says B&B Discriminated Against Lesbian Couple

Author: , April 17th, 2013

Hawaii MapIn a lawsuit that’s been 6 years in the making, a judge in Hawaii agreed that a B&B had unfairly discriminated against a lesbian couple. Pink News reports:

The Hawaii First Circuit Court judge presiding over the case, ruled on Monday that the business must stop discriminating based on sexual orientation. Diane Cervelli, 42, and Taeko Bufford, 28, filed the suit in 2011, saying they were turned away from the Aloha Bed & Breakfast in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 2007. B&B owner Phyllis Young told the couple she was uncomfortable having a gay people in her house, but added that she also did not allow unmarried straight couples to share rooms.

The case is similar to recent ones in the UK, where judges also found in favor of the plaintiffs.

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Russian Judge Overturns Gay Pride Ban

Author: , March 21st, 2013

Russia: Moscow Court Upholds Hundred Year Gay Pride BanSome good news out of Russia – a judge in Russia has just ruled that a ban on gay pride marches and rallies is illegal. Passport Magazine has the details:

‘The Civil Chamber of Kostroma Regional Court has ruled that the region’s ban on gay and lesbian pride and two rallies is illegal–a ruling that goes against the local law that bans gay propaganda toward minors. The court found that gay pride marches and rallies are not propaganda, but, according to GSN, “a way of conveying information to the public.” The decision takes immediate effect, so organizers can already begin applying for permits.

So get ready for gay pride parades in Russia. 🙂