India party that wants gay sex to stay illegal wins election

IndiaOn May 16, 2014 Gay Star News reported: LGBTI rights activists warn under the new government, homosexuality could stay illegal for another five years and the persecution of the community can only increase

Gay sex in India could be banned for another five years now a homophobic political party has gained power in the national election.

The opposition Hindu nationalist BJP party is on course for a landslide victory, as suggested by early results.

Although final results are not expected until later, the scale of the predicted victory is on course for a landslide victory. More than 500 million people voted in the election.

Narendra Modi, the leader of the BJP, tweeted: ‘India has won. Good times ahead.’

But it is not good times for LGBTI equality.

In the past, the BJP president has opposed any attempt to further gay rights or even decriminalize homosexuality.

Party chief Rajnath Singh was one of the most vocal supporters of the Supreme Court’s decision to bring back a colonial-era law that recriminalized gay sex.

He said: ‘Gay sex is not natural and we cannot support something which is unnatural.’

Sukhdeep Singh, a gay rights advocate in India, has said there will not be no chance of getting the colonial-era law decriminalized in parliament.  Continued

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