Section 377: India’s LGBT community celebrate ruling on gay sex

New Delhi (CNN)Indian Supreme Court Justice Dipak Misra quoted Shakespeare as he read out the unanimous ruling of five judges to legalize gay sex. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” Misra said, borrowing a phrase from “Romeo and Juliet,” as he overturned the colonial era Section 377. “The said phrase, in its basic sense, conveys that what really matters is the essential qualities of the substance and the fundamental characteristics of an entity but not the name by which it or a person is called,” Misra added.

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