Lebanon thinks about legalizing homosexuality


Politicians in Lebanon have called for the government to decriminalise gay sex. Right-wing Christian Democrat party, the Kataeb party, announced plans to scrap the law in case if they win elections in May. Currently, article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Code prohibits sexual relations that are “contradicting the laws of nature” and it is punished up to 1 year behind bars. However, numerous courts in the country have ruled that the article should not be used to arrest people for engaging in same-sex sex, making it de facto legal. Kataeb is one of the first mainstream parties in government to speak about the decriminalisation. Activists have said that if article 534 is scrapped, it will bring dramatic improvement to LGBTQ equality in the middle eastern country.


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