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Homosexuality Not A Crime, But Same Sex Marriages Not Compatible With Norms Of Nature: RSS

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| September 7 , 2018 , 09:43 IST

The Supreme Court decriminalising homosexuality by striking down the concerned Section 377 of the IPC on Thursday was lauded by people across the nation from various walks of life. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), said that while it agrees with the apex court's judgment to decriminalise homosexuality, it does not support same sex marriages.

RSS spokesperson, Arun Kumar, in a written statement, said: “Like the Supreme Court, we also do not consider this [homosexuality] to be a crime. But same sex marriages are not compatible with norms of nature, so we do not support such relations.”

The RSS, parent organisation of the BJP, cited “traditions of Indian society” while rejecting same-sex relationships.

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“Bharatiya (Indian) society also doesn’t have the tradition to recognise such relations,” Kumar said.

“Human beings generally learn from experience, that is why this issue needs to be taken care of at the social and psychological levels,” he said.

“We know that single-parent or out-of-wedlock relationships result in imbalanced growth of children. The West faces a huge problem of violent children, nearly 32% of them are on medically advised antidepressant drugs. Same-sex marriage is an exception in living beings, not a natural law. Thus, this needs very serious scientific study. There can’t be a black-and-white answer,” said the RSS leader.

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BJP MP Subramanian Swamy termed homosexuality as a genetic disorder, and said, "Of course what happens in someone's private life should not be of anyone's concern, neither they should be punished. It is basically a genetic disorder, like someone having six fingers. Medical research must be done to rectify it." 

He added, "it is the American game. Soon there will be gay bars here where homosexuals can go. HIV will spread. So, after looking at the consequences I hope the next Govt will move a 7 judge bench to set aside this 5 judge bench order."

The Congress and Aam Aadmi Party have also spoken out in favour the Supreme Court's verdict on Section 377, decriminalising homosexuality.