After Union Law Minister Sadananda Gowda was quoted as saying that Section 377 may be scrapped, only to backtrack and issue a clarification that he had been misquoted, BJP MP and member of its National Executive Subramanian Swamy has gone a step further and said that “our party position has been that homosexuality is a genetic disorder”.
I think the law minister was misquoted,our party position has been that homosexuality is a genetic disorder-Subramanian Swamy,BJP
— ANI (@ANI_news) June 30, 2015
He didn’t stop at that and later on twitter also claimed that gays are “genetically handicapped”. While replying to a twitter user who pointed out that homosexuality is at best a genetic variation, not disorder, Swamy tweeted: “Issue is not respect. We respect handicapped persons. Homos are genetically handicapped.”
Swamy’s tweets have since drawn widespread criticism on twitter, where Section 377 became a trending topic. This is not the first time though that Swamy has made derogatory remarks against LGBTs or called homosexuality as a mental disorder. However, this is the first time, since joining BJP, that he has stated that this is also BJP’s official position.
— Anuradha Santhanam (@anumccartney) June 30, 2015
Dear Sir, Does compulsive small minded archaic bigotry qualify as a handicap also? Asking with respect of course… https://t.co/gD4a0G6tDw
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) June 30, 2015