‘Experts’ tried to criminalize extramarital gay sex in Indonesia

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TOPSHOT - In this photo taken on February 23, 2016 shows anti-LGBT Muslim group marching to blockade pro-LGBT protesters in Yogyakarta, in Java island. The small gay community in conservative, Muslim-majority Indonesia is facing a sudden and unexpected backlash, with ministers and religious leaders denouncing homosexuality, LGBT websites blocked and emboldened hardliners launching anti-gay raids. AFP PHOTO / Suryo WIBOWO / AFP / SURYO WIBOWO (Photo credit should read SURYO WIBOWO/AFP/Getty Images)

“Experts” in Indonesia are giving statements in a top court as part of an effort to criminalize extramarital sex (which means criminalizing gay and lesbian sex as well, because the concept of same-sex marriage does not exist in Indonesia. So any homosexual activity is extramarital) . They believe that this is the only way to save Indonesia from the great amounts of sexual content in the Internet and media.

Despite the lack of Government backing, Indonesia’s LGBT community are facing turbulent times. While homosexuality has never been illegal in the Islamic country, attitudes towards LGBT people have become steadily more extreme in recent years despite a growing gay population. The Indonesia Psychiatric Association (PDSKJI) still classifies homosexuality as an illness. The spokesperson for the president of Indonesia has said that the country has “no room” for the LGBT community amid the reports of an unprecedented amount of anti-LGBT attacks in Indonesia.

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