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Indonesian court mulls gay sex ban

JAKARTA (AFP) – Indonesia’s Constitutional Court is considering making gay sex a crime, with Islamic activists pushing for the change insisting Thursday the homosexual community was causing “moral degradation” in the Muslim-majority nation.

The move comes after the gay community in Indonesia began coming under sustained attack earlier this year, with ministers and religious leaders denouncing homosexuality and LGBT websites blocked. The court is hearing a judicial review filed by Islamic activist group the Family Love Alliance that seeks to alter the criminal code to ban homosexual sex. “We see the moral degradation that is happening,” Rita Hendrawaty Soebagio, chairwoman of the alliance, told AFP. “This is purely because of our love for our nation, we must do something while we have a chance.”

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