In this photograph taken on June 28, 2009, An Indian transgender participates in a gay pride parade in New Delhi. AFP PHOTO/PEDRO UGARTE/FILES
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party came under fire Tuesday after a minister from one of its state governments announced plans to make gays "normal" in the Goa resort region.Gay rights groups branded the comments offensive and ignorant, while the main opposition Congress party slammed the minister's attitude as shameless.The backlash came one day after U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon condemned legislation against gay sex.Secretary General Ban said laws against gay and lesbian relationships breed intolerance, although he did not refer specifically to India's colonial-era prohibition.The Supreme Court reimposed a ban on gay sex in late 2013, ruling that responsibility for changing the 1861 law rested with lawmakers and not judges.Members of the gay community have filed petitions to the top court since the 2013 ruling asking for a review on criminalizing gay sex.
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