18 September, 2018

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India Says “Yes” To Love 

Earlier today [Thursday 6th September 2018], the Supreme Court of India repealed Article 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalized non-heteronormative sex between consenting adults. 

In issuing the historic judgement, the Supreme Court (SC) rule on Thursday 6th September 2018 that consensual sex is not a crime, also highlighting that sexual orientation is not a crime. 

This decision was the culmination of a long process, of a clement and human rights-centred position of the SC on non-heteronormative sexual orientations. 

Back in 2017, the SC claimed that privacy is a fundamental right – a position that opened the door for fresh pleas to decriminalise non-heteronormative sexualities and sexual orientations. 

Photo via twitter @jvin_tootu

In 2013, the SC overturned a 2009 decision of the Delhi High Court that decriminalised consensual sex between two adults of the same gender. 

A five-judge bench reached the unanimous decision, with Mr Justice Deepak Mitra, the Chief Justice of India, himself pronouncing the first judgement, along with Mr Justice A.M. Khanwilkar. Their take was that “consensual sex between same gender adults in private does not fall foul of section 377 of the Indian Penal Code”. 

Chief Justice Misra also added “”We have to bid adieu to prejudices and empower all citizens”. 

Section 377 is a remnant of Victorian British legislation, imposed forcibly without the consent of the peoples of the land. Section 377, is part of an 1861 law, bans “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal” — which was interpreted to refer to homosexual sex.

In 2013, when the SC overturned the Delhi HC decision, Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi issued the following statement, that we quote in full: 

I am disappointed that the Supreme Court has reversed a previous Delhi High Court ruling on the issue of gay rights.

The High Court had wisely removed an archaic, represssive and unjust law that infringed on the basic human rights enshrined in our constitution.

This constitution has given us a great legacy, a legacy of liberalism and openness, that enjoin us to combat prejudice and discrimination of any kind.

We are proud that our culture has been an inclusive and tolerant one. The Supreme Court also suggested another course.

I hope that Parliament will address this issue and uphold the constitutional guarantee of life and liberty to all citizens of India, including those directly affected by this judgement.

What Ms. Gandhi hoped for back then has now become a reality, after a long, time-consuming and painstaking battle, fought not by the political class, but by hardworking grassroots activists. 

The 493-page SC judgement provides testimony to the positive and progressive evolution of the attitude of the Indian Supreme Court to the fundamental rights of Indian citizens. One key section reads: 

History owes an apology to the members of this community and their families, for the delay in providing redressal for the 48 ignominy and ostracism that they have suffered through the centuries. The members of this community were compelled to live a life full of fear of reprisal and persecution. This was on account of the ignorance of the majority to recognise that homosexuality is a completely natural condition, part of a range of human sexuality. The mis-application of this provision denied them the Fundamental Right to equality guaranteed by Article 14. It infringed the Fundamental Right to non-discrimination under Article 15, and the Fundamental Right to live a life of dignity and privacy guaranteed by Article 21. The LGBT persons deserve to live a life unshackled from the shadow of being ‘unapprehended felons’.

Many activists, rights defenders and allies took to social media to express their appreciation of the decision: 

Some activists were keen to clearly highlight the fact that this was a victory of a mass movement, a bottom-up process of tireless activism by thousands of people, with no tangible support from the political establishment: 

Vedanth Sachdeva Govi, a gender justice and critical queer scholar-activist from Delhi, based at University College Dublin, noted that the judgement will give an opportunity for many individuals who were not and are not necessarily supportive of LGBT+ rights to jump in the bandwagon and capitalise upon the hard work of committed activists. 

Mr Govi highlighted: “A whole lot of straight people are now going to turn up at Pride to increase their liberal credentials. Of course, these were the same people who have crossed over to the other side of the street when it wasn’t fashionable to claim a stake of the LGBTQ+ pie. In short, they had no stake in any activism whatsoever but alas! how fondly history will look upon them. Sigh. A synchronized bourgeois moral-sexual, straight-gay panoptic is already underway”. 

“This is a very significant moment in the struggle for LGBT+ rights in the South Asian region”, noted Dr Chamindra Weerawardhana (@fremancourt), a Sri Lankan gender justice and SOGIESC rights expert and board member of the Colombo-based Venasa Network. 

Dr Weerawardhana further added: “This judgement is very much an achievement of grassroots LGBTQIA+ activists. Every single member of the queer community who carried a banner, a flag, mobilised in their networks and communities, raised awareness around them, wrote, spoke and produced art about the importance of queer liberation, has a stake in this historic decision. This decision is living proof that the consolidation of LGBTQIA+ rights in postcolonial contexts is not something that can only be achieved by industrial NGOs that build the egos of specific individuals and work in a way that’s far removed from the local context of our countries. Instead, it is a task the can only be accomplished by building a mass grassroots ‘local’ movement. That’s the only way you’re going to move the judiciary and the political establishment in the right direction”. 

“As a leading Sri Lankan media outlet that has been resolutely campaigning for human rights, gender justice and SOGIESC rights, Colombo Telegraph warmly congratulates activists in India who made this momentous achievement a reality,” its editor Uvindu Kurukulasuriya (@Uvinduk) said. (By Shamila Ratnayake) 

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  • 21
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    India is a 7 star democracy!
    Well done

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      Sandra
      I am not sure about the star rating.
      But it is a most welcome rectification of an earlier unfair ruling by the Supreme Court.

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        Sandra Aponso

        Sri Lanka was anything between 10 and ∞ stars democracy when it was ruled by the weeping widow and her merry men between 1970 and 1977.

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      RE: India Says “Yes” To Love ,

      Are the Indian Ulama going berserk, and warning about Hell-Fire?

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      RE: India Says “Yes” To Love

      “Earlier today [Thursday 6th September 2018], the Supreme Court of India repealed Article 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalized non-heteronormative sex between consenting adults. “

      Can’t the Sri Lankan Supreme Court repeal the MMDA as it is in conflict with the constitutional rights of Sr Lankan Muslim women, who are on Sr Lankan soil, not Arabian soil?

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        Amarasri .

        Why do you want to intervene in divine law ?
        This is a western culture before 100 years ago ..
        This was not acceptable norm in any community .do you what Christianity says about it ?
        It is AGAINST human nature ..
        It will take all humanity into destruction..
        Shame on Indian court ?
        They love to follow human desire against to divine law .
        How do you support this act ?
        It is shame people like to talk about this in public ?
        Where is shyness ?
        Where is humanism ?
        Where is ethics ?
        Where is morality ?

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          Lankan

          “Why do you want to intervene in divine law ?”

          If ever there was a divine intervention in human race firstly he/she/it would not have created you, Champa, …………………………… other bigots, secondly knowing how bigots like you would treat them he/she/it would not have created them in the first place.

          Its high time you are sent to a Reeducation Camp not to educate you but to train you when and where to keep your mouth shut, perhaps in Pavlovian conditioning Pavlov’s effect.

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          Lankan,

          “Why do you want to intervene in divine law ?”

          From the Grape vine , Bulath vine and Vetilla vine news.

          Muslim groups call for female circumcision to be medicalised

          In representations made to the Parliamentary Committee on Women and Gender, members of the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama, All Ceylon YMMA Conference, Centre for Islamic Studies and United Religions Initiative urged the Health Ministry to withdraw a recent circular prohibiting medical professionals from carrying out female circumcision.

          In their submission, the joint Muslim groups stated that the Muslim community is very concerned about moves to ban this obligatory Islamic duty on the grounds that it is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)..

          http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Muslim-groups-call-for-female-circumcision-to-be-medicalised-155186.html

          The Muslim Idiots, including ACJU, have gone berserk again!

          What happened to the Age of Reason? Revelation? This is not even in the Divine Revelation!

          There have been international efforts since the 1970s to persuade practitioners to abandon FGM, and it has been outlawed or restricted in most of the countries in which it occurs, although the laws are poorly enforced. Since 2010 the United Nations has called upon healthcare providers to stop performing all forms of the procedure, including reinfibulation after childbirth and symbolic “nicking” of the clitoral hood.The opposition to the practice is not without its critics, particularly among anthropologists, who have raised difficult questions about cultural relativism and the universality of human rights.

  • 13
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    Love between humans of same gender has been there since the beginning of civilisation.
    The conviction of Oscar Wilde was a landmark of Victorian intolerance.
    Such love should be allowed/approved except in close family relationships.
    Many countries have now recognised it.
    India has now approved.
    Annual “Pride” marches are now the norm.
    Sri Lanka should follow, and revise its laws.

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      justice
      “Sri Lanka should follow??????” Crazy???????? Not in Sri Lanka.
      Our society has been family centered from the origin of our nation, about 2600 years ago. Kuveni was married to Vijaya Hora and had children and traditional families are a part of our culture, society and system.
      Our Sinhalese societal values have nothing to do with India. They are totally different.
      India has no such values when it comes to families or intercourse.
      Intercourse of any form was an integral part of Indians whereas Sinhalese are more conservative.
      Homosexuality existed in ancient India as seen in Kama Sutra where its art expresses theme sex. Khajuraho temple also displays wide variety of combinations of such acts. And in Manusmriti too. Indian temple images, religious scriptures and narratives all display various forms of sexual activities including homosexuality and for them it is normal.
      In our temples, no such things could be seen other than totally clean religious scriptures.
      We are totally different from India. There is no way we change our laws and legalize LGBT. Anyone is free to practice their sexual orientation in private. But not in public.

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        Champa
        Homosexuality is as old as the oldest profession. It was more open in some countries, and hidden in others due to the stigma. The world is a different place now. Personally I don’t support homosexuality as I come from a conservative family, but the fact is that I have work mates, friends and even distant relatives who are homosexuals. That is the reality. They mean no harm to anyone, so they should have the legal rights to live their own lives the way they choose.

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          Steve
          The majority of Sri Lankans, Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims are family oriented people. Family is one common denominator for all the three cultures in Sri Lanka.
          I don’t see any reason to shift from our age old traditions and values and change our laws to legalize LGBT in order to please 0.01% of our population!
          How could you say no harm to our society?
          It will make our society up side down if our children see man to man and woman to woman scenes in beaches, parks, schools, religious places, bus stops, malls and under trees.
          Legalizing LGBT in Sri Lanka will make a huge negative impact in our society. NO, THERE IS NO WAY WE SACRIFICE OUR CULTURE for few people’s unnatural, (yes, they are unnatural – man to woman is the natural phenomenon) sexual desires. Moreover, it will escalate sexually related crimes, intimidation and diseases.

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          Steve

          Homosexuality is a (human) error though it’s innocent. It might start in the absence of an opposite sex partner especially during childhood in making sex experiments.

          Later they may make it a habit.

          Without talking in favor of it try to take them to men-women sex & let feel the difference.
          It is a personality weakness as well, especially of men.

          SL is fast becoming a failed nation so investigations/studies must be made to find out whether there’re such HS idiots @ the top.

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        Yes we can see Sinhalese societal values practised by bum boys in the southern beaches, the housemaids in the Middle East and by the armed forces in the NE. As per your Mahavamsa bible/fairy tale, the so called Prince Vijaya is a direct by product of bestiality and incest. He then had a sham marriage with Kuveni to steal her land and once this was achieved chased her and his offspring through her to the jungles. This is what your so called Sinhalese societal values are based on. This is why now trying to steal Tamil lands in the north and east.

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          RSSSharma
          FYI: Vijaya Hora and his Indian-bride didn’t have children.
          So his genes didn’t directly passed on to Sinhalese.
          According to Indian legends, Vijaya Hora can be a direct product of his grandfather, the lion.
          But WE SINHALESE ARE NOT, as proved by our history.
          King Pandukabhaya had mixed blood – indirectly from Vijaya (through one of Vijaya’s nephews, King Panduvaasadeva, who is his maternal grandfather) and from our real forefathers, i.e. Yakkha, through his fraternal grandmother- she being a Yakkha.)
          Again, if the Sinhalese folklore (which I heard when I was small) that King Pandukabhaya’s real father is the Yakkha-tribe Commander Chitra Raja (he and the other Yakkha-tribe Commander Kalawila were the guards of Princess Unmada Chitra) is true, that means King Pandukabhaya should have DIRECT Yakkha blood and that was the reason that the King was fiercely protected by Yakkhas from the time of his birth.
          IF King Panduvaasadeva WAS Vijaya Hora’s own son, then Sinhalese could have his direct blood. As he ISN’T calling Sinhalese direct descendants of Vijaya Hora is wrong.
          Due to Indian influence, Mahawamsa had deliberately concealed the fact that direct blood of Yakka’s+other clans’ is in Sinhalese.
          Every Sinhalese has local blood while the chances of having Vijaya Hora’s blood is extremely minimal, if not zero.
          .
          Coming back to the topic of the article, even the story of Vijaya Hora’s father Sinhabahu killing his father, the lion and the rest of the story (in your words bestiality) was an accepted common phenomenon in ancient India where many such imagery could be seen in their religious scriptures depicting same sex couples, opposite sex couples, groups and beasts and in narratives.
          We Sinhalese have NOTHING OF THE SORT in our scriptures.
          Our history has proved that we are descendants of clean, natural people.

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          It’s a myth that there were Tamils in the North during the time of Vijaya’s arrival here.

          Vijaya wasn’t an invader, his fate took him here & though sad it’s fate of Kuveni as well.

          Tamils came later as kallathonys or squatters & you’re a descendant of kallathonys.

          When they were preparing to demand for separate country they made an artificial history & challenged Mahavamsa the great chronical of Sinhale.

          Tamils aren’t Aryans though they claimed to be; they are Dravidians.

      • 8
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        Champa – you conveniently forget history and twist history to suit you. The Sinhala race was born out of bestiality.

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          Rajash

          “Champa – you conveniently forget history and twist history to suit you. The Sinhala race was born out of bestiality.”

          Champa, Wimal, soma, …………………………. and history don’t mix.

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            Hindian Sudu Vedda
            Rajash
            I posted a reply to RSSSharma which is applied to you both who are not Sinhalese.

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        Champa dear,
        “Our Sinhalese societal values have nothing to do with India. They are totally different.
        India has no such values when it comes to families or intercourse.”
        Of course, dear, definitely.
        Indians don’t send their women as sex slaves to Dubai. We proud Sinhalese do. And we are proud to use the money to get drunk.
        Our societal values are SOO different that 75% of the kings in the Mahavamsa died unnaturally at the hands of their sons / brothers /nephews, etc. One or two were walled up alive. That’s how very tolerant we are.
        Of couse homosexuality does not and NEVER existed in Sri Lanka. What existed is colon irrigation of 6- year-old abiththiyas in the temple . But that’s OK, because it is to advance the Buddha Sasana. We can’t have frustrated Mahanayakas , can we dear?
        Have you been living in a hole, Champa?

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          oldcodger

          “Have you been living in a hole, Champa?”

          ????????????
          It is obvious isn’t it?
          Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa is the one who can answer your question.

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        Champa

        “Kuveni was married to Vijaya Hora and had children and traditional families are a part of our culture, society and system.”

        Before you type further could you define a “traditional family”.

        ” Anyone is free to practice their sexual orientation in private. But not in public.”

        Do straight couples practice their sexual orientation in public and why the hell do you think(?) or assume gay couples naturally have the urge to display their sexual orientation in public?
        Are you living in San Francisco, Berlin, Barcelona, …………………. ?

        “We are totally different from India.”

        You are not, from top to bottom and beyond you are out and out a little Indian.
        What difference do you see between the stupid Indians and stupid Sri Lankans?

        .

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        Champa
        Kama Sutra has nothing to with homosexuality. I recommend you try it at least once and you will never regret.

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          Steve
          There is no need to try something to know what it is. What you say is wrong. Talk to an Indian he will tell you. If not there are various books and research papers available on the topic. Go to the public library and look for them.

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            Champa
            I am talking from real experience – I did try Kama Sutra. That is why I am recommending.

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          Steve,
          The Kama Sutra or homosexuality? Remember Champa is an old lady and not as flexible as she used to be.

  • 12
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    It is a wonderful news, we applaud along with millions,.

    Let Sri Lanka follows Indian example and be a modern state.

    Let us have an inclusive open culture. and be not hypocrites

    Yes privacy is a human right

    The consenting adults of the same sex have the same right as in a heterogeneous relationship

  • 7
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    Love and marriage and sex between a Hindu and Muslim is still not acceptable…..at least in the eyes of the society if not in the eyes of the law

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    Absolutely wrong!!!. Love, admire or be fond of anyone you like, but romancing the waste product outlet is absolutely disgusting. REMEMBER there were no Victorian laws against lezbos and trannies.
    /
    Before the westerners arrived in Asia, there was NO such unscientific, unnatural, immoral, unhealthy, unhygienic, disgusting behaviour. Until recently there wasn’t even a name for this disgusting act.
    /
    Such people should be helped to come out their misery of closet.
    /
    Don’t think everything westerners do or say is absolutely divine.

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      Johnny boy,
      “Before the westerners arrived in Asia, there was NO such unscientific, unnatural, immoral, unhealthy, unhygienic, disgusting behaviour. Until recently there wasn’t even a name for this disgusting act.”
      No of course you were not a temple resident when you were a kid, were you?
      There IS a Sinhala word for it, but I am not in the business of putting idiots out of their misery. Do some research.

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      John,

      What the hell are you uttering.
      If both sexes can enjoy 69 session why not same sex marriage.

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    Except the usual unemployed people writing here, are sll others homosexuals who do not like their own or incapable of performing.

    • 5
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      Like yourself ??

  • 2
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    What hypocrites. The rape of women continue with the law turning a blind eye. Hundreds of Dalit girls are raped and killed daily. It will only be a matter of time before the fanatics attack the gays and lesbians.

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    IT looks this LGBT rights is A ploy to wipe out the SINHALA BUDDHIST CULTURE IN SRI LANKA WHICH IS ALREADY ELIMINATED WITHIN CITY LIMITS IN SRI LANKA. What this news report or what ever CRAP says that India also has WESTERN LAWS in PALCE for Ponnaihs. as JUSTICE AND FAIRPLAY is a Kenedian Tamil Dalit, Sri lanka should enact those in Yapanaya.

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    UNP Cabinet members I heard were celebrating. If only Sri Lanka has an intellectually gifted Supreme court; then a lot of VVIPs do not have to be in fake marriages to hide their homosexuality and lesbianism. BRAVO INDIA

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      Politicians have to consider the electorate behavior even though they have to enjoy the life as they want.

      India favored it but this is still old Asia as far as lifestyle is concerned. Go for homo openly & get lost (in politics)

      We take pity on UNPers. Time for JO to celebrate.

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    What is love? Where does legislation come in? Why is even there a legislation … .
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    Parents love their children. Father loves his son. Same sex?
    .
    A legislation is there for a different purpose. A legislation is for the protection of the society; A legislation is for the betterment of the society.
    .
    What was wrong with the ‘original’ legislation that a man marries a woman – his wife -, and vice versa.
    .
    How did the existing legislation hinder humanity. How does the present decision further progress. Courts are there to preserve and protect objectives, not to make news.
    .
    It was not the legal protection for the love between two human beings that was at the centre of the original law. It was, the continuance of human society. It was procreation. Only possible when man loves a woman.
    .
    Procreation required legal validity, for all sorts of reasons. ( I will be digressing, if I go there now.) What sort of legal validity does same sex marriage require. Will the society accept any type of consensual sex?

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    In issuing the historic judgement, the Supreme Court (SC) rule on Thursday 6th September 2018 that consensual sex is not a crime, also highlighting that sexual orientation is not a crime.
    The ruling is good but may get reversed.
    .
    The title “India Says “Yes” To Love” is misleading. Indian Government must say so. Both sides in India loath debating the issue for fear of the under-pants of politicians getting a public washing.
    Indian justice system has evolved into delivering judgements on contentious issues. This can take several years giving breathing space to the government.

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      K.Pillai

      ” for fear of the under-pants of politicians getting a public washing.”

      Mrs Udubaddewa, Chun Paan and Douglas are going to get very crossed with you for your vulgar expression of under-pants.

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    Just like our Two and a Half Dollars a Day community, India has her own Two Dollars a Day Community and the massive Queer community .
    The Queer community in particular not only suffer from poverty.
    In addition they have to put up with open discrimination , abuse and sometime out right violence from the so called Straight Community.
    To top it all the Queer community had to face the Draconian Laws which were imposed by the Colonials and their suckers.
    Unlike the 5 Million in Lankawe , these communities in India are in hundreds of Millions..
    It is very good news that at least the prospect of Jail for engaging in Sex is no more.
    But the Hindian leaders must work towards lifting the Living Standards of the poor, instead of Modi moving with General Mad Matt to discuss developing High Tech Weapons.

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      A few months ago you were behind Ranil and Mangalam with raised and pointed stick. Now you have changed, from a bigot to a man with some understanding of other people. I welcome your transformation. However there are millions of other things you ought to change if you want to join the human race/kind.

      “In addition they have to put up with open discrimination , abuse and sometime out right violence from the so called Straight Community. To top it all the Queer community had to face the Draconian Laws which were imposed by the Colonials and their suckers.”

      What about their status and how do you treat them in this island?
      I know what you are thinking.
      At least they have access to toilet in this country.
      All problems are Modi’s and not Dr Mahinda’s. Therefore let them sort it out among themselves,

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        NV.

        K A Sumane is a mole set up by none other than media tycoon Killi Mahendran.
        His only target and destroy is RW.

  • 1
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    Even before the wesrt began to policize the LGBTQs for their benefit, because their socities are desteoyed because of the lack of discipline, Asia had LGBTQs. but it was not much politicized. Now, the west wants every non-europena culture desteoyed. It is like the ROMANS used Catholic church to Romanize the world.

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    Well done India you have at last come into the 21st century. Now same sex marriage also needs to approved. There is no need of discriminating anyone on the basis of race , skin colour, ethnicity, language, religion , caste class or sexuality. We are all humans. Homosexuality is found amongst all species and is part of nature and not an aberration, what is within nature has to be accepted and not condemned through outdated medieval religious dogmas.

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    These people are sick people..
    They need medical treatment not not sex freedom

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      Lankan

      “These people are sick people..
      They need medical treatment not not sex freedom”

      Who did diagnose them being sick and what sort of treatment do you have in mind?
      Perhaps a hot iron rod through their bum.

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        If they are not sick they would not go against nature .
        Will they ?
        They create man and women to produce next generation ..
        What man and man could do ..
        Nothing but wasting of human energy .
        These are people let by human desire ..
        They should have some limits ….
        Do you what Bubble and Qur’an prescribe for them .
        To knock down from hills God sent them stone on these people in the past .
        Do you such divine punishments to come to Sri Lanka and India too.
        You can see more and more natural disasters and flood because of these people ..
        You will see soon

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    Typical Sri Lankan hypocrisy, lack of moral courage, religious fundamentalism and concern about losing votes mean that laws that restrict the rights of the LGBTQ community will not be relaxed in the near future.

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    Buddhists are against this ..
    Like all other religions .
    We do not need this dirty culture of western civilization .

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      Lankan

      “Buddhists are against this ..”

      Ask Sangha and Viharathipathies whether they oppose this.

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      Lankan
      This has nothing to do with Race, Religion or Skin color. It is recognition by law of a fellow human being whose sexual orientation may be different to you by birth or other circumstances.

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    There is a conspiracy theory to keep homosexuality criminalised in Sri Lanka, so the government can harass our monks. This will change soon

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      Jisot..

      So it proves that your budha bikkus are SODOMITES – Needs only boys ,man in Bed to spread filthy dirty disease ”.

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        According to Mahawamsam, men and lions had sex. Bestiality is accepted in Buddhism. Same way Budha never said anything against sodomy. There is no disease such as filthy dirty disease. That is your filthy dirty attitude towards disease.

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    Homosexuality is universal; it is NOT a Western import. Do some research and learn the facts before preaching about “sinhalese” or “Sri Lankan” values.

    From kathoey in Thailand, hijras in India to Japanese chigo (samurai’s male lovers) to Native American berdaches to african miners’ male lover/companions to Fa’afa’fine of the Pacific Islands, same-sex love and sexual relations pre-date any western colonization.

    It is just another manifestation of the spectrum of sexual and romantic attraction, that is not only found among humans, but also among animals. It is NATURE.

    Unlike in Christianity and Islam, the Buddha did not condemn homosexuality. We as buddhist sinhalese should be proud of the fact that we were at one point much more liberated from the narrow-minded prejudices of the Christians. Unfortunately the tables have turned since the British occupation, and it is high time we throw out that alien culture and reclaim our own liberated mindset.

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    Homosexuals who live in the closest pretend to hate/dislike homosexuality, in an apparent attempt to hie their own sexuality. This has been well established in scientific studies. This process is called ‘reaction formation’ in psychology. So if you are a hater or against homosexuality, it says more about you than others.

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    Interesting comments dear fellow readers.

    Just to say, all this has nothing to do with ‘western’ or ‘eastern’ civilisation. Or with any religion.

    This is a human condition – the sex lives of men and women balance on a knife-edge, and so many are capable of flipping whenever a set of circumstances offer the opportunity.

    What consenting adults get up to is their business. Let us not invade their proclivities.

    Live and let live.

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    Congratulations India!!!

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