Indonesian court to decide whether gay sex would be criminalized
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Indonesian court to decide whether gay sex would be criminalized

THE Constitutional Court in Indonesia will decide whether gay sex would be criminalized in the country after Islamic activists submitted a judicial review petition on the matter.

A group calling itself the Family Love Alliance says an existing law that criminalizes sex between adults and minors of the same gender should be amended to also apply to sexual acts between adults of the same gender.

Rita Hendrawaty, chairwoman of the group, said Wednesday it was not trying to criminalize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Experts presented by the group at a hearing on Tuesday testified that homosexuality was inherently immoral and went against Indonesia’s state ideology.

Indonesia’s image for tolerance and moderation has been tested this year by a campaign of denigration against LGBT people.

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In January, an Indonesian minister faced a slew of criticism after he said LGBT students should not be admitted into universities.

Research, Technology and Higher Education Minister M. Nasir said he would not allow LGBT culture as it was not in accordance with the values and morals of the country.

He added that educational institutions were seen as moral guardians, and as such were responsible for upholding the country’s values.

After earning brickbats from the public, Nasir later attempted to clarify his remarks via Twitter, tweeting that as Indonesian citizens, members of the LGBT community should be treated equally in the eyes of the law. However, he added that “it does not mean that the state legitimizes the LGBT culture.”

“My comment was regarding members of the LGBT community openly displaying their sexuality on campus, which I will not allow,” he tweeted.

Additional reporting from Associated Press

 

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