Indonesia court rules against criminalising gay sex

Indonesia court rules against criminalising gay sex and sex outside marriage

The court did not criminalise gay sex

Friday, December 15, 2017

The top court in Indonesia has ruled against a petition which was calling for gay sex and sex outside marriage to be illegal.

The case was brought forward by the Family Love Alliance which claims there is a huge amount of immoral behaviour in the country and this is spread by social media and the internet.

Judges voted against the petition by five to four at the Constitutional Court and members of the group wept at the verdict, according to The Independent.

The judges said it was not their role to make private behaviour a criminal offence or rule over Parliament's decisions on the law.

The four judges that voted in favour of criminalising gay sex said they had done so due to moral reasons.

Euis Sunarti from the Family Love Alliance expressed the group's disappointment at the decision, saying: “We are working on the ground level and know exactly the magnitude of this problem on the ground."

LGBT people in Indonesia have been bombarded with hostility over recent years, with police raiding gay clubs and arresting people under anti-pornography laws.

The country also has a semi-autonomous province called Aceh where earlier this year two men were caned for having gay sex under Shariah law.

However some lawmakers are still attempting to make homosexuality a criminal offence in the country and this may be discussed by Parliament in 2018.