Oops. One year gay sex is legal. The next it isn't....in India.
Oops. One minute you're married. The next, you're not.....in Australia.
Dec. 7 marked the day when Australia's first same-sex marriage laws came into force in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The first ceremonies were celebrated a minute after midnight. Around 20 gay couples have since tied the knot.
Australia's conservative national government had, however, challenged the law in the High Court, claiming that it conflicted with federal law. On Thursday, the court upheld the challenge and unanimously declared the ACT law invalid. Laws to legalise same-sex marriage failed to pass in the national parliament in September 2012.
"I don't want to be unmarried this afternoon," said Ivan Hinton, who had married his partner Chris Teoh in the national capital Canberra. See them before the bad news on the right in the picture above.
Other countries where same-sex marriages are now legal include New Zealand, which, in April, became the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to legalise same-sex marriage. Expect a surge in Air New Zealand bookings.
As for India.........
It seems just months since we reported on the happy removal of a the Section 337 law in India banning gay sex as “sex against the order of nature”. In what activists described as a “black day” for gay rights, India’s Supreme Court earlier this week upheld the law and restored the ban.
The move has been widely condemned by politicians, celebrities and human rights advocates around the world. Just one day later, India’s Law Minister Kapil Siba says the country’s government will address the situation.
“There are several options open to the government and we are considering all possible options but time is of the essence, we need to take quick action, firm action,” he said. “The archaic law should be changed, millions of people are affected and these people should not be exposed to 377.”
He neglected to mention the traditional liberal attitudes to gay sex so charmingly reflected in pre-Victorian Indian art. A reminder follows.
Lustralboy looks forward to seeing a reversal of these retrograde steps in both India and Australia. Surely the shadow cast by that repressive Victorian morality should no longer be blighting the lives of gays in Sydney or Melbourne, Delhi or Mumbai. Or, for that matter, anywhere at all.
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