India ‘party of the people’ promises to legalize gay sex, marriage

Upcoming political party has stunned the LGBTI community, who the Supreme Court made illegal last year, by fighting for equality

India ‘party of the people’ promises to legalize gay sex, marriage
11 April 2014

An Indian political party that describes itself ‘for the people’ has promised to legalize homosexuality if they win the upcoming election.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP, translated as Common People Party), have revealed their Mumbai manifesto and in it speak out on LGBTI rights.

Known as the ‘anti-corruption’ party, the AAP are hoping the 814 million Indians who are eligible to vote will give them their support in the run up to the most hotly contested election in recent memory.

Opposing the ban on homosexuality, the party said they ‘reaffirm the state should not encroach on the sexual rights of minorities’.

But the party goes so much further.

When candidate Medha Patkar was asked whether the AAP would support the legalization of same-sex marriage, she said yes.

Despite being one of the loudest supporters of scrapping the colonial-era law banning gay sex, the LGBTI community criticized the AAP for not originally including it as one of their main policies.

The party was established only 18 months ago but won 28 of the 70 seats in the Delhi Legislative Assembly in 2013. This allowed them to form a minority government with the Indian National Congress Party.

With every single politician and political party ready to do anything to win votes, it has led to some unconventional ways of promotion.

Like the Bharatiya Janata Party, the main opposition party that wants gay sex to stay illegal, which was spotted advertising on the gay sex hookup app Grindr.

When gay sex, and any other sex seen as ‘unnatural’, was recriminalized by the Supreme Court in December last year, it was described as the ‘worst event to happen in gay rights’ in recent memory.

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