Proposed Indonesian Laws Could Make Unmarried And Same-Sex Relations Illegal

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Proposed Indonesian Laws Could Make Unmarried And Same-Sex Relations Illegal

Fancy a romantic Bali getaway? You might not be able to soon, unless you’re married and straight.

Indonesia's parliament is drafting proposed revisions to the national criminal code that could ban all consensual sex outside marriage – mean unmarried couples could face jail.

The law changes are part of recommendations to chance the Dutch colonial era criminal code. The draft, seen by Reuters on Monday, included measures to criminalise extramarital sex, same-sex relations, and co-habitation, all of which were previously unregulated by law.

Adultery is already deemed a crime in Indonesia, the Southeast Asian country with the world's largest Muslim population.

Most political parties are reported to be for the changes which could take more than a year to enact.

Activists are particularly worried the new law may be used to target the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, which has faced rising hostility in recent years.

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