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Mizoram, Meghalaya churches reject SC’s verdict, say gay sex is ‘immoral’

Author: T8N
Publication: Time8.in
Date: September 18, 2018
URL:      https://www.time8.in/mizoram-meghalaya-churches-say-gay-sex-is-immoral/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Aizwal/Shillong, September 18: At a time when the country is celebrating the colours of the rainbow, the Mizoram churches have rejected the Supreme Court’s ruling on Section 377.

A five-judge Constitutional bench of the Supreme Court, in four separate but concurring judgments, legalised same-sex relations between consenting adults. The Supreme Court has partially struck down Section 377 of the IPC, in so far as it punishes sex between consenting adults in same sex relations.

A conglomerate of leaders of 14 churches named Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee said that it wished the apex court had never scrapped the Section 377.

The church leaders stated that homosexuality, lesbianism should continue to be criminalised as it was in the past.

Justice Indu Malhotra, the only woman on the five-judge bench, said that the “history owes an apology to the members of the community for the delay in ensuring their rights”. Justice Chandrachud said that the human sexuality cannot be reduced to a “binary formulation”.

Chief Justice of India (CJI), Dipak Misra said: “Only Constitutional morality and not social morality can be allowed to permeate rule of law… Sexual orientation is one of the many natural phenomenon. Any discrimination on basis of sexual orientation amounts to violation of fundamental rights. After judgement in Puttuswamy case, privacy has been raised to fundamental right.”

In Meghalaya, the Catholic Church stated that homosexual act or behaviour is morally acceptable or justified.

“What is legal is not equal to moral acceptability. The Catholic Church and many others  hold that homosexual behaviour, between consenting adults, is morally unacceptable because it violates the purpose of human sexuality which is procreation and union of love fulfilled in the loving union of man and woman marriage,” a document from the office of Justice, Peace and Development of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India, as quoted in The Telegraph.
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