Indonesian Bill Proposing Ban on Gay Sex Receives Support from All Ten Political Parties

Human Rights Watch has previously warned that discrimination against LGBT people was "pervasive" in Malaysia

An Indonesian bill proposing a ban on gay sex has received support from all ten political parties in the country.

Pink News reported that the law “could pass in the next two weeks,” and already “has support from all 10 of the country’s main political parties.”

The bill would make gay sex “punishable by up to five years in prison,” and has been proposed amid rapidly increasing persecution against LGBT people in the largest Muslim nation in the world.

“It applies to people of the same gender who have sex, which is basically a forbidden act,” declared PPP Party Secretary General Arusl Sani, who “helped to create the new criminal code,” adding, “It’s considered the same as adultery, where men and women having sex outside marriage can be considered a crime.”

In December, the country narrowly rejected a previous bill that sought to criminalize gay sex and sex before marriage, however, Pink News claimed its failure “was only a temporary reprieve.”

Though homosexuality isn’t explicitly illegal in Indonesia, persecution against LGBT people has been on a sharp rise, with trans women recently having their heads shaved by Sharia police and paraded in public as part of a “community sickness operation.”

Several LGBT apps were recently forced off the Google Play Store in Indonesia, including popular gay dating app Blued, and last year, 141 men, including a British national, were arrested in the country on suspicion of having a “gay sex party.”

In October, it was also reported that Indonesia was considering a ban on LGBT television characters, while following a gay club crackdown in December, ten men were sentenced to prison for between two and three years.

Charlie Nash covers technology and LGBT for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @MrNashington, or like his page at Facebook.

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