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Indian Court Upholds 153-Year-Old Law Criminalizing Gay Sex

India’s top court upheld a 153-year-old colonial-era law that criminalizes gay sex, leaving it up to lawmakers to amend the legislation in a setback for homosexual rights in the world’s second-most populous country.

The ruling by a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court said the law complied with the constitution and only parliament can make any changes. The judgment reversed a 2009 verdict of the lower Delhi High Court that decriminalized same-sex intercourse between consenting adults in the nation’s capital.