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Mizo churches seek divine intervention in gay case

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 19, 2009

18 August 2009(Christian Today)Mizoram churches are holding prayer services seeking divine intervention in the stay of a Delhi High Court verdict that legalised gay sex among consenting adults.

The prayer services, mostly by the Presbyterian churches in the northeast state, strongly voiced discontentment in the July 2 ruling that overturned a 149-year-old colonial law and acted in favor of homosexual rights.

Apparently, the Mizoram Presbyterian Church, which is the highest decision making body of the church, had already shot a letter to Law Minister Veerappa Moily to review the judgement that amended IPC Section 377.

“Homosexuality is against the natural order of God’s purpose in creating both sexes. Anything that goes against the natural order does not last over time and will have negative impact on the lives of the people and society,” the church maintained.

It further stated that “legality should never challenge ethical and moral standard of the society” and that it is on this basis that church finds the judgement unacceptable.

In the letter to Moily, the church apprised that homosexuals comprise only 0.3 per cent of the population, so the right of rest 99.7 per cent to lead a decent and moral life must not be ignored.

It pleaded the law minister to “seek a thoughtful review of the verdict and retain a good standard of social ethical values in our country, known for upholding its traditional values for centuries.”

In the Christian-dominated state, the government is likely to disregard the Delhi HC ruling and stick with a 100-year-old British law that rigidly criminalises homosexuality.

The British law formulated in 1909 by superintendent of then Lushai Hills HWG Cole strictly opposes homosexuality and also punishes chiefs who fail to “report all cases of unnatural offences”.

Mizo church leaders strongly support the 1909 order, which they say has been framed with Christianity in mind.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Monday sought the central government’s stand on the gay ruling after two lawsuits challenged the decriminalising.

A bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice P. Sathasivam issued a notice to the central government on lawsuits filed by Christian Apostolic Churches Alliance and yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s disciple S.K. Tijarawala.

The petitions are further likely to come up for hearing on September 14.


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