However, there is a long way to go before we can claim that member from sexual minority groups are being given equal opportunities at workplaces.
The bench, that also comprised Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, delivered its verdict in four separate but concurring judgements.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau, as many as 2,195 gay sex cases were registered under Section 377 in 2016, 1,347 in 2015 and 1,148 cases in 2014.
CJI Misra and Justice Khanwilkar mentioned the constitutional courts of United States, Canada, South Africa, Republic of Philippines and the European Court of Human Rights.
The actor recalled the struggle he went through while playing the gay professor.
Justices Nariman and Chandrachud, in their separate concurring judgements, dealt in detail about the evolution of the section as it exists in the present form.
Some of the groups are planning to approach the top court seeking a review of the verdict.
The secret Facebook group was started by three queer IITians in July 2012, who wanted to create a common platform for all queer students in IIT to interact — they then joined the case against Sec 377.
In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court on Thursday legalised gay sex in the country by partially striking down the 158-year-old colonial era law.
The right to life and liberty would encompass the right to sexual autonomy, and freedom of expression. Sexual orientation is not a matter of choice.
There are six substantive writ petitions and multiple interventions against Section 377 of IPC.
LGBTQ community possess the same constitutional rights as other citizens of the country, ruled the Supreme Court.
Other political parties like CPI (M), CPI and AAP limited themselves to single sentence responses.
SC’s ruling decriminalizing gay sex will have a direct impact on adoption, inheritance laws.
Same-sex relations were a criminal offence in India after the Supreme Court had in 2013 overturned a Delhi High Court judgment that decriminalised gay sex in 2011.