A gay rights activist celebrates after the country’s top court struck down a colonial-era law that made homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in New Delhi, India Sept. 6, 2018, a landmark victory for gay rights that one judge said would “pave the way for a better future.” Photo: AP/File
A gay rights activist celebrates after the country’s top court struck down a colonial-era law that made homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in New Delhi, India Sept. 6, 2018, a landmark victory for gay rights that one judge said would “pave the way for a better future.” Photo: AP/File
India

India’s top court declares same-sex couples entitled to social benefits, deserve legal protections

  • The ruling sets a precedent that will further India’s slow but gradual easing of colonial-era anti-LGBTQ laws.
  • The law ‘must not be relied upon to disadvantage families which are different from traditional ones,’ the top court’s panel wrote in its decision

A gay rights activist celebrates after the country’s top court struck down a colonial-era law that made homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in New Delhi, India Sept. 6, 2018, a landmark victory for gay rights that one judge said would “pave the way for a better future.” Photo: AP/File
A gay rights activist celebrates after the country’s top court struck down a colonial-era law that made homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison, in New Delhi, India Sept. 6, 2018, a landmark victory for gay rights that one judge said would “pave the way for a better future.” Photo: AP/File
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