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Dominant views favouring and disfavouring homosexuality
With RSS' Joint General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale at India Today Group's event stating that he did not think that homosexuality should be considered a criminal offence as long as it did not affect the lives of others in society; rather it should be viewed as a private sexual preference. However, he maintained that it is a socially immoral act.

A few days ago, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley had articulated that the judgment on gay sex needed to be reconsidered by the Supreme Court.

However, I would like to say that these days; in the media the word 'Gay' is used for homosexual since it is a more respectful word. All over the world, gay is now accepted as sobriquet for a homosexual. The word has also become a part of scientific vocabulary and is being used regularly in various journals and textbooks.

It is pertinent to revisit the dominant views favouring and disfavouring homosexuality to take a personal call on gay relationships. In various debates and reports, the following views and counter-views on homosexuality have been often reported.

Views against homosexuality:

  • Homosexuality is an unnatural act and needs to be banned. If granted as a right it would break the social fabric of the society.

  • It amounts to role reversal and would give a jolt to the feminist traits which need to be respected and honoured.

  • It adds to the risk of spreading HIV-AIDS to a great extent.

  • Homosexuality is an outcome of a mental disorder called 'gender dysphoria' in which a person feels a mental discomfort and distress with the people of opposite sex. It is a deviation from ones normal state of gender identity and requires medical and clinical care for rehabilitation rather than giving a license to behave in an abnormal way.

Views in favour of homosexuality:

  • The diversity in sexual preferences needs to be respected. The denial of the gay rights is the perpetuation of an antisocial bias that has been made prevalent for ages by the dominant groups for their vested interests.

  • Homosexuality is a harmless manifestation of sexual preference of a person and requires an equity status with the heterosexual preference.

  • Homosexuality is a choice of freedom and should be treated as an equitable social skill of forging relationships.

In many countries the gay rights have been accorded and reported to have strengthened the social fabric and made the society more colorful with a feeling of respect for diversity.

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