If the notion that there’s something amiss with homosexuality is just an ignorant prejudice based on nothing, why is it so durable and widespread? Could there be something wrong with the fundamental analysis? In India they seem to think so, but they’re not quite sure why: Centre says being gay will remain a crime, its reason: our society doesn’t tolerate it.
An interesting thing about the story, from the Indian Express, is that it suggests that in spite of the talk against colonialism and whatnot the articulate classes in India still get all their ideas and attitudes from their betters in the West. No one seemed able to give an account of why there’s a problem with homosexuality as such. The title of the piece not only picks up the recent Western mannerism of identifying “being gay” with “engaging in homosexual conduct,” but explicitly says that the reason for the ban is simple social intolerance. And just as the Supreme Court in Lawrence appealed to the EU in favor of legalizing homosexual sodomy, the pro-homosexuality group in the Indian proceeding appealed to the American example. Everybody quotes everybody else worldwide, with the result that actual thought disappears and discussion become utterly divorced from realities.