After an almost two-year intense debate and battle, the Constitutional Court finally rejected the Family Love Alliance (Aliansi Cinta Keluarga/AILA) proposal to outlaw consented sex between people of the same sex. AILA aimed to amend the Criminal Code articles that only penalize same-sex relations with minor. Eerily, this demand was also accompanied by a proposition to criminalize sex outside legal marriage. This decision demonstrates that the state’s responses are far from uniform when it comes to LGBT issues. As I argued elsewhere, different actors came with different political stance on LGBT issues. During the 2016 anti-LGBT hysteria, Vice President Jusuf Kalla argued that the state did not need to interfere into issues of sexuality.
January 2 / Jakarta Post