Is the Delhi HC Judgement on the Gay Sexual Practices, a move in the right direction or not?
The moral and ethical values built in to the Indian Family's cultural ethos ( note here that this is irrespective of religious and caste flavors ), is known to be the reason for the strong family ties - when compared to many other countries. Whenever and whereever rules for order are crossed, mayhem is bound to happen. Keeping this in mind, what will be the effect of the High Court Judgement ? Lets talk ........
Indian law considers married heterosexual monogamy to be legal, heterosexual live-in relationships are legal with limited respect of Domestic Violence (although several court interpretations have defined "long" monogamous live-in relationships equivalent to marriage) and India does not recognize same sex unions. Additionally, while there are no restrictions on particular kinds of sexual activity, it is considered a highly private affair. Most of us are quite averse to openly address anything related to sexuality as such discussion or publicly romantic displays are viewed as extremely distasteful.
Sexual morality varies greatly over time and between cultures. A society's sexual norms — standards of sexual conduct — can be linked to religious beliefs, or social and environmental conditions, or all of these. Sexuality and reproduction are fundamental elements in human interaction and society worldwide. Different religions have different codes of sexual morality, which regulate sexual activity or assign normative values to certain sexually charged actions or thoughts.
Unlike other religions, in Hinduism views of sexual morality differ widely depending on the region and sect. Hindu scriptures themselves are often vague about sexuality. There are temples depicting sexual activity openly (examples include temple complexes at Ajanta and Ellora, and at Khajuraho, which has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, with their erotic sculpture), and sexual imagery is not sacrilege, but sexual self-restraint (as well as in other aspects of life) are considered essential to a Hindu's well being and dharmic/karmic duties.
A core teaching of Buddha's foundational first sermon is that "one should not pursue sensual pleasure (kama-sukha), which is low, vulgar, coarse, ignoble and unbeneficial." (Samyutta Nikaya V:420, Sutta Pitaka).
Islam, along with Judaism and Christianity, rejected homosexuality from the religion's beginning. The legal punishment for sodomy has varied among juristic schools: some prescribe capital punishment; while other prescribe a milder discretionary punishment. Homosexuality is a crime and forbidden in most Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc. In some relatively secular or multi-religious Islamic countries, this is not the case, Indonesia and Turkey being some examples.
Sexual preference is assumed to be determined by physical (genes), psychological and social factors (environment). People are equal, but their behaviours are not. Since homosexual behaviour is contrary to the natural design and compatibility of the human body, same-sex relationships can therefore, never function like man-woman relationships, nor can they birth the same benefits. It would be prudent to stop trying to equate same-sex with heterosexual relationships, for the reason that they never can be the same.
Sex, like fire, is morally neutral. It is a form of energy that can be used in a constructive way that affirms love and commitment or that can be used in ways that destroy lives. The gender of our sex partner(s) is irrelevant except to the degree that gay persons need to work through the psychological and spiritual damage inflicted by homophobic societies and organized religions that can impede spiritual progress.
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