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Civil rights activists in New Delhi wave flags at a protest against the Supreme Court's reinstatement of a ban on gay sex. (Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters)

When India’s supreme court effectively re-banned gay sex on Wednesday,
it set aside the ruling of one of its own high courts in favor of a law imposed on India by its British occupiers in 1861. That means it has now re-joined 75 other countries that explicitly punish gay sex with imprisonment. Here’s a look:

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What do many of these countries have in common? More than half were former British colonies:

GWYNN GUILFORDDEC 12 2013, 2:37 PM ET



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Civil rights activists in New Delhi wave flags at a protest against the Supreme Court's reinstatement of a ban on gay sex. (Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters) When India’s supreme court effectively re-banned gay sex on Wednesday, it set aside the ruling of one of its own high courts in favor of a law imposed on India by its British occupiers in 1861. That means it has now re-joined 75 other countries that explicitly punish gay sex with imprisonment. Here’s a look:
ILGAWhat do many of these countries have in common? More than half were former British colonies:

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But was it just the British? You might notice that a lot of the other countries from the map above where homosexuality is illegal were French colonies:

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And many Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish and Belgian ex-colonies have high penalties for gay sex too. However, in these cases colonialism isn’t the culprit. Nearly all of the non-British former European colonies with stiff penalties for homosexual relations instituted them after independence.

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