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US voices 'concern' over India court ban of gay sex

WASHINGTON--The United States on Wednesday voiced concern about a ruling by India's Supreme Court which reinstated a colonial-era ban on gay sex which could see same-sex lovers imprisoned.

“We oppose any action that criminalizes consensual same-sex conduct between adults,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

“The United States places great importance on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people. And ... that includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons around the world.”

A two-judge bench in India earlier Wednesday struck down a landmark 2009 Delhi High Court ruling which had found that a section of the Indian penal code prohibiting “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” was an infringement of Indians' fundamental rights.

The bench ruled Wednesday that the High Court had overstepped its authority and that an 1860 law passed by the British was still valid.

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