Indian churches say being gay is not a crime

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A coalition of Christian churches in India has called for the country to finally cancel the Colonial-era law according to which homosexual relationships are considered a crime. The National Council of Churches in India (NCCI), which represents about 14 million people, has published an open letter the point of which is that God loves everybody and teaches us to do the same, so loving another person cannot be judged, condemned or criminalized just because of the sex of the person you love. “Homosexuality and homo-eroticism have been practiced in India from time immemorial,” the letter says, adding that homosexual love has never been condemned by the Indian society, even in the ancient period. The group argues that the anti-gay law is a hangover over British colonialists, who were the first to tell Indians that gay love was wrong and Englishmen themselves don’t think so anymore and decriminalized homosexuality in their own country half a century ago. “As followers of the non-conformist Christ, the one who consistently questioned unjust and non-compassionate traditions of public morality, our call is to reject all laws that demonise, criminalise, and exclude human beings, and work to facilitate just inclusive and loving communities.”

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