gay rights

India’s Top Court Refuses to Hear Gay-Sex Ban Challenge

NEW DELHI, June 29 – India’s Supreme Court refused on Wednesday to hear a petition challenging a law criminalising gay sex, a setback for gay rights activists battling in the country’s courts to get the ban overturned. A number of well-known lesbian, gay and bisexual Indians had argued that Section 377 of India’s penal code,

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Father of Orlando Shooter Hosted Political Show on Afghan-Pakistan Issues

By Jonathan Landay and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON, June 12 – The Afghan-born father of Omar Mateen, the man police identified as the gunman who killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Florida on Sunday, is a fringe political commentator who rails against Pakistan and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Seddique Mateen, who public records

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India’s Supreme Court To Review Law Criminalizing Gay Sex

By Aditya Kalra and Andrew MacAskill NEW DELHI, Feb 3 – India’s top court on Tuesday said it will review a decision over whether to uphold a colonial-era law that criminalizes gay sex in a victory for homosexual rights campaigners at a time when the nation is navigating a path between tradition and modernity. The

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Court Accepts China’s First Same-Sex Marriage Case

By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING, Jan 6 – A court has accepted China’s first same-sex marriage case, lodged by a gay man against a civil affairs bureau for denying him the right to marry, in a decision hailed as a step forward for gay rights. While homosexuality is not illegal in China, and large cities have

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