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Delhi High Court judge who legalized gay sex saddened by Supreme Court ruling

The Delhi High Court judge who legalized homosexuality in India in 2009 has spoken out against the Supreme Court ruling that overturned his decision, saying he feels deeply sad for India’s LGBTI community.

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24th December 2013 07:43

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

Former Delhi High Court judge AP Shah who legalized homosexuality in India in 2009 has spoken of his disappointment at the decision by two Supreme Court justices to overturn his decision.

‘My first feeling was deep sadness about those people, the LGBT community,’ Shah, who is now India’s Law Commission chairman, said during a interview on CNN India on Sunday. ‘I was disappointed … Given the subject matter of the appeal, I thought that our views would prevail.’

Shah also spoke in depth on the issue to the Indian Express, saying it was ironic that India was holding on to a law the British had passed to suppress what they thought were Indian vices.

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