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India government likely to review anti-gay sex law

– India’s law minister says the government is considering options to challenge an order by the top court striking down a 2009 lower court decision decriminalizing homosexual conduct.

The minister, Kapil Sibal, says he’s for decriminalizing homosexual acts, hinting that the government could seek a judicial review of Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision or that Parliament could enact a new law.

Sibal made the comments Thursday on his official Twitter account, saying that “the government is considering all options.”

The Supreme Court ruled that only lawmakers could change a colonial-era law that bans homosexual acts and makes them punishable by up to a decade in prison.

The ruling dealt a blow to gay activists who have fought for years for the chance to live openly in India’s deeply conservative society.