Homosexuality is genetic disorder, hope next government moves 7-judge bench: Subramanian Swamy

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BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy on Thursday said that homosexuality was a genetic disorder and a medical research was needed to ‘rectify it.’

Subramanian Swamy
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Reacting to the Supreme Court’s 5-judge constitutional bench’s historic verdict decriminalising the British-era Section 377, Swamy told news agency ANI, “Of course what happens in someone’s private life should not be of anyone’s concern,neither they should be punished. It is basically a genetic disorder, like someone having six fingers.Medical research must be done to rectify it.”

Swamy said that promoting gay sex was an American game-plan and the Thursday’s verdict will lead to opening of gay bars across the country. He hoped that the next government after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls will move a bigger bench of the Supreme Court to challenge today’s order.

“It is the American game. Soon there will be gay bars here where homosexuals can go. HIV will spread. So, after looking at the consequences I hope the next Govt will move a 7 judge bench to set aside this 5 judge bench order,” ANI quoted Swamy as saying.

Earlier on Thursday, the five Supreme Court judges had said that the controversial British-era Section 377, that banned consensual gay sex was irrational and arbitrary. Chief Justice Dipak Misra said, “We have to bid adieu to prejudices and empower all citizens.” Justice Indu Malhotra said, “History owes an apology to those people persecuted by Section 377 for the social ostracism caused by the section.”

CJI Misra, who retired on 1 October, added, “No one can escape from their individualism. Society is now better for individualism. In the present case, our deliberations will be on various spectrums.”

Justice J Chandrachud said that ‘Human sexuality cannot be confined to a binary’ adding that it ‘has travelled so much that it has been destructive to LGBT identity.’

“Tragedy and anguish inflicted by Section 377 should be remedied. Macaulay’s legacy exists 68 years after the coming of a liberal Constitution. Human instinct to love has been constrained. Sexual orientation has become a reason for blackmail on the internet.” he was quoted by The Hindu.

Bollywood fraternity too had applauded the Supreme Court’s verdict with celebrities such as Karan Johar, Abhishek Bachchan, Arjun Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Sara Ali Khan expressing their joy on social media.

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