Members of the LGBT community worldwide are cheering an Indian Supreme Court decision to reconsider its ruling outlawing sodomy, reports the
The ruling in December 2012 overturned a 2009 decision that decriminalized homosexuality in India and reinstated section 377 in the country’s penal code.
Today, the India Supreme Court in response to a petition from the Naz Foundation Trust to reconsider, agreed to hear oral arguments in the case.
The decision comes just one week after the court agreed to recognize transgenders as a third gender.
It is impossible to empower and protect transgender Indians while declaring the sexuality of so many of them to be criminal,” said Sapna Pandya, president of KhushDC, a South Asian American LGBT group.
You can read more about what today’s announcement means in the Washington Blade