The five judges of the Supreme Court were unanimous in their decision to overturn the ban on consensual same-sex relations, which was previously punishable up to life imprisonment. But following a number of petitions signed by the top people in the country, the Indian officials finally gave up. In his judgment, the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, said that the Constitution approves sexual relationships if they are consensual, without mentioning the sex of people involved. The law, made under British colonial rule, banned sexual activity “against the order of nature.” With the exception of the years between 2009 and 2013, gay sex has been illegal in India since the introduction of Section 377 in 1861.I n 2009, the High Court in Delhi ruled that the 1861 law violated human rights, and homosexuality should not be considered a crime. But just four years later, the Supreme Court reversed the High Court ruling and the law decriminalizing homosexuality was repealed. But now gay sex is officially legal; in India, which is celebrated by local and international LGBT groups.