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CNI opposes legalisation of homosexuality
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 12:
Published on 13 Jul. 2009 12:02 AM IST
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The Church of North India (CNI) here today joined the campaign against legalisation of homosexual relations by decriminalising Section 377 IPC. “The practice of homosexuality is a violation of the law of God, and hence a sin,’’ CNI spokesperson said. The pastorate committee, which met here yesterday, deliberated on the recent judgment of Delhi High Court legalising homosexuality. The committee decided in the meeting that it would oppose the practice of gay sex. Earlier, the North East India Christian Council (NEICC), an influential body of Protestant churches in the North East and the Catholic Church, had also opposed the judgement of the Delhi High Court order, which they said is against the Christian tenets. “We demand the UPA government to either file a review petition in Delhi High Court or appeal to the Supreme Court against the ruling of the two-judge bench,’’ NEICC spokesman Pastor N Sandiwell Phawa said. The Catholic Church, which has consistently opposed homosexual behaviour, said, “The Church is very clear that gay relations are against the order of nature and divine will.’’ “’We disagree with the government. We consider gay sex as an immoral act and against the order of nature. There is a need to review the section,’’ a spokesman of the Catholic Church said. The Hynniewtrep National Social People’s Organisations (HPSO) had even threatened to take actions against eunuchs in this Christian dominated state of Meghalaya. The HPSO’s threat came after the Delhi High Court order legalised homosexuality by decriminalising Section 377 IPC. Expressing concerns on the increase in the number of gays in the state, the HPSO General Secretary A Kharchandy warned to take actions against eunuchs for their activities which are the eyesore to the society. “We are concerned on the increase number of gays in Shillong, which is an eyesore to our society,’’ Mr Kharchandy said, while warning that actions will be taken against the eunuchs for indulging in activities which is against the indigenous culture of the Khasi people. However, gay rights activists, under the banner of Meghalaya Legal Aids Forum, (MLAF) condemned HPSO’s threat and termed it as ‘criminal intimidation’ and offered legal assistance to gay community if they are discriminated in the society. Supporting the Delhi High Court judgment, MLAF member Rabina Subbha differed with the views of religious institutions stating science have proved homosexuality to be a part of the animal kingdom. “The gay also has the right to live as others and in some people homosexuality is in their genes and, therefore, is part of the nature,’’ Subbha said.

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