India declares freedom of sexual orientation a fundamental right Watch

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...-a7913681.html

India’s Supreme Court has issued a historic ruling confirming the right of the country’s LGBT people to express their sexuality without discrimination.

Judges ruled that sexual orientation is covered under clauses in the Indian Constitution that relate to liberty, despite the Government claiming there was no legal right to privacy. The ruling paves the way for discriminatory practices against LGBT people to be challenged in the courts.

The Supreme Court’s judgement read: “Sexual orientation is an essential attribute of privacy.“

“Discrimination against an individual on the basis of sexual orientation is deeply offensive to the dignity and self-worth of the individual. Equality demands that the sexual orientation of each individual in society must be protected on an even platform.”
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Great news. Shame that it is so hard to get rulings such as this passed in 2017 though,
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Well done India for catching up with the rest of the civilised world.
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That's very messy

Their government says there's no legal right to privacy (which is worrying in itself, but for another thread). The courts say sexual orientation is "an essential attribute of privacy", which is true, but then the ruling is to permit "LGBT people to express their sexuality " which then isn't a private matter anyway in the same way that expressing your opinion or being tall in public isn't private. Later on in the article it says the "Supreme Court ... decided it should be considered as part of the right to life and liberty" so not on the grounds of privacy after all.
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(Original post by King Koala)
Great news. Shame that it is so hard to get rulings such as this passed in 2017 though,
Seconded; it's a great step forward, but it's a real shame that so many places haven't already taken them.
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