Target: Honorable Mr. Justice P. Sathasivam, Chief Justice of India’s Supreme Court
Goal: Condemn India’s Supreme Court for refusing to decriminalize same-sex behavior
There is absolutely no difference between a man who loves a woman and a man who loves a man, and the behavior of loving same-sex couples poses no threat to anyone whatsoever. Yet, in a conservative country like India, many laws discriminate against same-sex relationships. So when a lower court in India ruled to decriminalize same-sex conduct in 2009, it was a significant victory for gay advocates.
Recently, India’s Supreme Court struck down that earlier progressive ruling. As a result, anyone who commits same-sex behavior could be forced to endure up to a decade in prison. Imprisoning people because of who they love and how they express that love is a direct violation of human rights. No one should have to worry about being thrown in jail for loving someone else, whether it’s a man who loves another man or a woman who loves another woman.
Let India’s Supreme Court know that they made the wrong decision when they struck down the 2009 ruling. Unless we actively speak out against institutions like India’s Supreme Court, which seek to deny gay people the same basic rights that straight people take for granted every day, the world will not change. Stand against this decision and let the gay community and its advocates in India know that we support them wholeheartedly.
Dear Honorable Mr. Justice P. Sathasivam,
Gay people are no different than straight people. People should not be ashamed of who they are, nor should they be afraid of expressing themselves because they could be thrown in jail. Imprisoning people for same-sex behavior is an incredible violation of human rights.
In 2009, when a lower court in India voted to decriminalize same-sex behavior, India had a chance to embrace that decision and make a huge step forward in terms of accepting and embracing its gay citizens.
Yet the recent decision of the India Supreme Court guaranteed that this will not happen. In a direct affront to gay advocates who have worked so hard to get culturally conservative India to accept gay individuals, you decided it was more important to uphold old, outdated, and discriminatory laws than to support citizens who are currently struggling to gain not just acceptance, but freedom from the threat of prison.
The decision to uphold the discriminatory anti-gay laws was the wrong one. India needs to understand that gay people are no different than straight people and that discriminating against them and throwing them in prison for who and how they love is not ethical.
Reverse your decision immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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