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We have gone back to 1860: Chidambaram on gay sex verdict

We have gone back to 1860: Chidambaram on gay sex verdict

New Delhi: A day after the Supreme Court dealt a blow to gay rights activists by upholding the constitutional validity of Section 377 making gay sex an offence, Union minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said he was extremely disappointed with the Supreme Court's reinstatement of a colonial-era law that held that gay sex is a crime.

Speaking to NDTV, Chidambaram has said we have gone back to 1860 and the UPA government will look at all options.

“The legislative option takes time but I am not ruling it out,” he said.

"The reasoning of the judgement is worrying. Our knowledge of physiology and psychology was poor in 1860, now to say same sex intercourse is against order of nature is retrograde,” the finance minister said.

In a jolt to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenders, the Supreme Court Wednesday held that consensual sex between adults of the same gender is an offence.

Setting aside the Delhi High Court verdict of 2009, the apex court bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice S.J. Mukhopadhayay said that there was no constitutional room for change in Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

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