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CBCNEI opposes decriminalization of homosexuality
Published on 7 Aug. 2009 12:38 AM IST
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Council of Baptist Churches in North East India (CBCNEI) Thursday said it “vehemently opposes” the judgment of Delhi High Court that struck down section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that termed homosexuality a criminal act. A CBCNEI press statement received here said: “CBCENI does not and never discriminate persons based on their sexual orientation but strongly opposes legalization of homosexual activity as it is against the divine law and therefore sin against God according to the Holy Bible”. The CBCNEI, which represents six Baptist conventions, 89 associations and 6115 churches, said it considered homosexual activity as sexual perversion which could only lead to moral degradation in the society. It expressed belief that church has a responsibility to bring reformative change in the lives of those with homosexual behaviour. Meanwhile, the church council has clarified to a news item “Protestants support gay rights” reported in a national daily July 5, 2009, stating that it was an opinion of one individual – NCCI secretary Rev. Christopher Rajkumar. It maintained that his opinion did not in any way represent the entire Protestant Christian community in India particularly the members of the CBCNEI. The church body added that it has never supported gay rights and would continue to oppose legalization of homosexual in any form because it was against the basic tenets of Christian belief.

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