On July 2, 2009, India's High Court decriminalized homosexuality by removing Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. The historic judgment reverses a nearly 150-year old law which brought about sentences ranging from fines to a 10-year term in jail. In his conclusion, Chief Justice Dr. S Muralidhar wrote, "Where society can display inclusiveness and understanding, such persons can be assured of a life of dignity and nondiscrimination. . . . It cannot be forgotten that discrimination is antithesis of equality and that it is the recognition of equality which will foster the dignity of every individual." August marked gay pride celebrations in India, and this year they celebrated legally.
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