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Indonesia’s top court hears case on criminalizing gay sex

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s Constitutional Court is considering whether to criminalize gay sex after accepting a judicial review petition from Islamic activists.

 

A group calling itself the Family Love Alliance says an existing law that criminalizes sex between adults and minors of the same gender should be amended to also apply to sexual acts between adults of the same gender.

 

Rita Hendrawaty, chairwoman of the group, said Wednesday it was not trying to criminalize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

 

Experts presented by the group at a hearing on Tuesday testified that homosexuality was inherently immoral and went against Indonesia’s state ideology.

 

Indonesia’s image for tolerance and moderation has been tested this year by a campaign of denigration against LGBT people. TVJ