Iyer said, ''People like me will always say it openly, I am a gay.'' But, not everyone from the community may do so like Iyer, as the same sex intercourse is punishable for 10 years of life-imprisonment. ''Some people within the community might even go to foreign land, as India has become very regressive. They will go to some progressive countries.'' Britain, South Africa, Sweden, Norway, Portugal, France, Brazil, Belgium, Denmark etc are some of the countries, where same sex marriages are recognised.
The members of the community have a valid point as well, as they are angered by the verdict. ''Gay rights are also human rights. We are not asking for anything but just equal rights,'' said Iyer, further adding, ''we are treated like rapists and criminals.'' Harish Iyer had been named by the Guardian as the 100 most influential gays of the world.
Ever since the news broke out in the morning, social networking websites have has gone abuzz, especially Twitter with twitteratis spitting venom on the Supreme Court's verdict. Suhel Seth with his tweet handle @suhelseth tweeted, ''Gay sex is illegal. Justice A K Ganguly's act is legal...wah Supreme Court! Well done!''. Another well known TV journalist, Barkha Dutt tweeted with her tweet handle, @BDUTT, ''With this Supreme Court verdict ( and if parliament does not legislate) we are back to treating consenting, adult, sexual choices as crimes.''
The Supreme Court of late has been making landmark judgements of late, for which they have been applauded. But the judgement has not gone down well with not only the LGBT community, but the public in general as well. One twitterati with tweet handle, @ranjona angered with the verdict, tweeted ''I don't care about those bloody red lights. Giving equal rights, dignity to the LGBT community was far more important, dear Supreme Court.''