Indian gay activists protest top court's ruling

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Associated Press

Posted on December 15, 2013 at 5:33 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — Hundreds of gay rights activists have gathered in the Indian capital to protest a decision by India's top court to uphold a law that criminalizes gay sex.

India's Supreme Court last week reversed a landmark 2009 lower court order that had decriminalized gay sex. The country's gay community is demanding that the government take immediate action to remove the colonial-era law banning same-sex relations.

Protesters in New Delhi wore black arm bands Sunday and waved rainbow-colored flags and banners. Some people wore masks and wigs to protect their identity. They said the Supreme Court's ruling had evoked anger and dismay across the country.

Similar protests were organized in several Indian cities, with groups of gay and human rights activists urging a rollback of the court's decision.

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