SC’s stance on gay sex legalisation: Twitterati give mixed response

Celebrities took to the social networking site to express cautious optimism with the Supreme Court’s decision to refer the curative petition to a five-judge panel.
Gay rights activists celebrate after Supreme Court agreed to review a decision which criminalises gay sex.(HT Photo)
Gay rights activists celebrate after Supreme Court agreed to review a decision which criminalises gay sex.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 03, 2016 07:20 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent, New Delhi

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reopened the debate on decriminalising homosexuality and the online community, at least a majority of users, breathed a collective sigh of relief. While there is strong opposition to the motion that section 377 must be scrapped, public opinion on Twitter leaned largely towards the view that the ‘medieval’ law must be done away with.

Celebrities took to the social networking site to express cautious optimism with the Supreme Court’s decision to refer the curative petition to a five-judge panel.

‘Hope’ was the common factor in posts that welcomed the court’s decision on Tuesday.

Others pointed out how ludicrous it was to consider the LGBT community as a negligible minority while others evaluated how ‘progressive’ the Supreme Court is based on recently passed verdicts.

Subramanian Swamy was at the helm of voices against the need to scrap section 377. Many were of the opinion that there were far more pressing issues plaguing the nation as they deemed the petition to decriminalise homosexuality as just a ‘waste of time’.

There was also the mandatory attempt at witticism.

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