Rivals on Same Platform to Oppose Gay Rights

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When the Section 377 case was being heard in the Delhi High Court, there were only two parties that had joined cause with the State. These were former BJP MP BP Singhal and an NGO called JackIndia (Joint Action Council, Kannur, India). Now in the Supreme Court, while the Government is leaving it to the court to decide  the issue, 12 parties other than Singh and JackIndia have filed Special Leave Petitions. The most interesting of these 12 are two sworn enemies. They are the Utkal Christian Council and the Krantikari Manuwadi Morcha. While the former defends the rights of Christians in Orissa, the latter had put up Graham Staines’ murder-accused Dara Singh as an election candidate. Others include Delhi Commission for the Protection of Child Rights, the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam, Bhim Singh of the Panther’s Party, SK Tizarawala representing Baba Ramdev, the Kerala-based Apostolic Churches Alliance, a Muslim educational institution from Mumbai called Raza Academy, and an astrologer named Suresh Kumar Kaushal.