Monday, September 10, 2018

Spreading the News

Last week was a busy one in American news, what with that anonymous New York Times op-ed, Bob Woodward's book, the Brett Kavanaugh hearings and Barack Obama's return to the political stage.  Owing to all this red, white and blue hubbub, you might've missed important news from the wider world.

And I can't have that.

Last week India's Supreme Court unanimously struck down the country's colonial-era law banning gay sex.  Chief Justice Dipak Misra declared the law, known as Section 377, was "irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary."

It gets even better.  Beyond decriminalizing consensual gay sex, the justices ruled that gays are to be accorded all the protections of the Indian Constitution.

If Queen Victoria were alive, this would kill her.

Naturally there was rainbow-hued joy all over the world's second most populous nation.  Predictably there was also religious indignation.  Conservative Hindus, Muslims and Christians pledged to fight the ruling.

There we gays go again, bringing age-old enemies together, whether in Mumbai or Jerusalem or Atlanta.  We just have that gift.