News Brief: “Experts” are Speaking in Indonesian Court in an Attempt to Criminalize Extramarital LGBT Sex

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News Brief “Experts” Indonesian Court Attempt to Criminalize Extramarital LGBT Sex

News Brief “Experts” Indonesian Court Attempt to Criminalize Extramarital LGBT Sex

News Brief:  “Experts” are Speaking in Indonesian Court in an Attempt to Criminalize Extramarital LGBT Sex

Petitioners are arguing in the Constitutional Court that sexual activities outside of marriage may turn Indonesia into an “uncivilized nation.”

The judicial review has been branded controversial as it seeks to criminalize consensual extramarital sex and homosexual sex acts.  The government, however, is not backing the case, and has demanded that the petition should be rejected.

The three “experts” providing statements all support the Association of Muslim Housewives, which supports the Family Love Alliance.  Elly Risman, who has been labeled an expert on psychology and parenting, warned that without new provisions children might be negatively affected by information about sex online.  The Jakarta Post reported that she said in the hearing, “Extramarital sex has turned into a lifestyle.  How can we save the nation if we don’t have the tools?”  Another “expert,” Syamsu Yusuf, said that the number of people engaging in extramarital sex acts had become a “moral disaster.”

While homosexuality has never been illegal in the Islamic country, attitudes towards LGBT people have become steadily more extreme in recent years despite a growing gay population.  A spokesperson for the president of Indonesia has said that the country has “no room” for the LGBT community amid the reports of unprecedented amount of anti-LBGT attacks in Indonesia.  Additionally, the country has agreed to block dozens of gay websites and apps in a crackdown on so-called “gay propaganda.” 

The President of Indonesia himself has, however, since broken his silence on the country’s rising political culture of homophobia to finally insist that LGBT people must be protected.