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Published annually since 1972, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume pairs original background narratives with well over 100 documents to chronicle the major events of the year, from official reports and surveys to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more. Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source citations are provided. Readers have easy access to material through a detailed, thematic table of contents, and each event includes references to related coverage and documents from the last ten editions of the series. Events covered in the 2018 Edition include:  • Historic U.S. and South Korean diplomatic advances with North Korea  • Investigation of Russian influence in U.S. elections  • Chinese constitutional changes granting presidential terms for life  • March for Our Lives and gun control demonstrations  • Changes to U.S. immigration and trade policies  • Legalization of marijuana in Canada  • Resignation of Australian prime minister  • Pope declares death penalty inadmissible Volumes in this series dating back to 1972 are available as online editions on SAGE Knowledge.

India Supreme Court Decriminalizes Homosexuality and Adultery : September 6 and September 27, 2018
India Supreme Court Decriminalizes Homosexuality and Adultery
Linda Grimm

In 2018, the India Supreme Court issued a series of landmark rulings, including those striking down colonial-era laws that criminalized homosexuality and adultery. The Court also ordered that one of Hinduism’s holiest sites, the Sabarimala temple, must lift its ban preventing women of certain ages from entering. While celebrated by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocates and women’s rights groups, India’s political, social, and religious conservatives balked at the Court’s decisions, expressing concerns that changes to the law would threaten India’s traditions and ethos.

Court Lifts Ban on Homosexual Relations

Since 1861, the Indian Penal Code included a law (Section ...

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