What is a future of LGBT Indonesians?

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Zulkifli Hasan, chair of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), recalled that the country’s parliament is preparing for legalizing same-sex marriage or pro-LGBTI laws and there are at least 5 parties that support it. House Speaker Bambang Soesatyo confirmed there was no draft same-sex marriage or pro-LGBTI Bills currently tabled, though the speaker condemned LGBT people and accused them of destroying the nation’s morality. Even the Vice President, Jusuf Kalla shared his thoughts about whether there homosexuality should be legalized in Indonesia. ‘I do not know what kind of process is carried out in the House, but I do not think anyone would dare to legalize it in Indonesia,’ he told Antara News, ‘Yes, it is a reality that they exist as part of the society. However, it is a private business that does not need to be campaigned out or formally legalized.’ House Commission is currently reviewing the KUHP and drafting a new version. The draft will be presented to the parliament on 5 February and may include criminal codes to outlaw same-sex relations. Observers in Indonesia said political parties who have not called for the criminalization of the LGBTI people are now falling over themselves to prove they are not at all pro-LGBTI. Especially ahead of elections in 2019.

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