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India's Supreme Court moving on gay sex ban

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The Indian Supreme Court's Jan. 8 decision to re-examine its own 2013 ruling re-instating the nation's ban on gay sex is moving fast.

Hearings now appear set for March, and the verdict would be expected shortly thereafter.

The re-hearing follows an August 2017 ruling by the Court that, for the first time, found a right to privacy in Article 21 of India's Constitution, which reads, "No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to a procedure established by law."

One source writes: "The timeline seems to be that the Constitution Bench will first hear matters relating to Aadhaar (the new ID card we are all supposed to have), the challenge to the adultery law (yes, we still have one), the Sabarimalai matter (about women being allowed entry into a temple they are currently excluded from; huge popular issue) and then us. The lawyer I spoke to felt that this, combined with the CJI [Chief Justice of India] having to give time to other matters means that we are looking at early March for hearings and verdict soon after."