Transcending Boundaries: Alternative Sexuality and Church Response

Transcending Boundaries: Alternative Sexuality and Church Response

ABSTRACT

Mizo society being a patriarchal one and influenced by Christian teachings have an accepted normative forms of sexuality which is heterosexual relationship. Heteronormativity is the usual practise. Sexuality beyond heterosexuality is considered normless and therefore is stigmatised. Due to this, the much debated issue on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code does not seem to have much positive impact on the homosexual life as condemnation of alternative sexuality has been propagated time and again by religious institutions and civil society. This paper briefly dealt with the proceedings of Section 377 IPC, a law introduced during the time of the British in India, how it originated and challenged in the Courts of Law and Parliament. It then moved on to the context of Mizoram thus examining the standpoint of the Presbyterian Church of Mizoram when the Delhi High Court scrapped section 377 in 2009 and continues to trace the voices of the Church and civil society on the issue of alternative sexuality. It also highlights the rare opinions of homosexuals who commented on being Christian and practising same sex sexuality.

Categories: