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Homosexuality is a criminal act in India punishable by prison time

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Gay rights and homosexuality are hot topics in America. Many states have passed laws that recognize gay couples and give them equal protection under the law.

However, there are still a number of states yet to adopt laws recognizing these unions, and many couples are feeling frustrated and overwhelmed that their states are not moving quickly enough.

If they think they have it bad, taking a quick look at India may make them feel fortunate.

In a landmark decision that many say “sets India back 100 years,” The Supreme Court of India has voted to make homosexuality a criminal act punishable for up to 10 years in prison.

The court ruled that a British colonial-era statute banning “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” was constitutional.

Prior to the ruling, many members of India's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community participated in its first ever gay pride parade in the western state of Gujarat earlier this year.

Outraged by the verdict, members of India’s gay community vented their frustrations on Gay Pride India’s Facebook page.

One commenter wrote, “Once it happened with Gandhi in South Africa. Now my nation is doing this to me. #Discrimination.”

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