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Steve Weatherbe


Homosexual laws could get tougher in Indonesia

Steve Weatherbe

JAKARTA, Indonesia, August 10, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Indonesia’s Constitutional Court is considering a petition from conservative Muslim and Christian groups to apply the existing law against homosexual acts between adults and minors to sexual activity between adults.

The Alliance for Family Love has asked to court to conduct the judicial review, with the ultimate goal to make all homosexual acts illegal while extending the law against heterosexual rape to include homosexual attacks.

“We see the moral degradation that is happening,” said Rita Hendrawaty Soebagio, chairwoman of the alliance. “This is purely because of our love for our nation; we must do something while we have a chance.”

The court has heard experts testify about the health hazards posed by homosexual activity but also is expected to hear rebuttal from human rights advocates.

Some Indonesian local governments already criminalize homosexual acts, but much of the country appears to be more permissive than neighbors such as Singapore and Malaysia.

The upsurge in anti-homosexual pressure may be a reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

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