Indonesian Supreme Court blocks appeal to forbid gay sex

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epa01196535 Indonesian transsexuals shout slogans during the protest on World Human Rights Day in Jakarta, Indonesia on 10 December 2007, where they demanded government to admit gay and lesbian social rights. EPA/JURNASYANTO SUKARNO

The Indonesian Supreme Court has blocked a measure to ban homosexuality after a push from faith groupsю The Family Love Alliance, which launched a petition to Jakarta court to ban extra-marital and gay sex last year, was shocked to discover that their appeal is blocked by the Supreme Court. Appealing to change the morality articles within the country’s criminal code, the group demanded to redefine adultery to include gay and lesbian sex. The panel of nine lawmakers narrowly voted to rebuff the petition 5 – 4. Four of the judges dissented, including the Constitutional Court’s Chief Justice, so the appeal was rejected entirely as incomplete and non-correspondent with the norms of the modern Indonesian society. “It will not change much while there’s a homophobic situation among law-enforcement officials,” Andreas Harsono from Human Rights Watch said after the decision was handed down to ABC News, “More than 200 LGBT individuals were arrested this year.”

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