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Indian gov't files review plea on court's anti-gay sex ruling

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The Indian government on Friday filed a petition with the Supreme Court seeking a review of its recent decision banning same-sex relations.

"The government has filed a review petition on Article 377 today. Let's hope the right to personal choices is preserved," Law Minister Kapil Sibal said, according to TV reports. He was referring to Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a colonial-era law that criminalizes gay sex.

On Dec. 11, the court struck down a 2009 Delhi High Court ruling to the contrary, calling it constitutionally unsustainable and putting the onus on parliament to repeal a colonial-era penal code that bans "carnal intercourse against the order of nature."

The Delhi High Court found the over 150-year-old statute to be discriminatory and in violation of fundamental rights as protected under the Constitution.

The Supreme Court's decision drew stinging criticism from across the country.

==Kyodo

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/131220/indian-govt-files-review-plea-courts-anti-gay-sex-ruli