The hysteria surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in Indonesia continues. The newest development is a petition taken to the Constitutional Court by the anti-LGBT group Love Family Alliance, which seeks to criminalize consensual sex between people of the same gender — and between unmarried people — through an amendment of the Criminal Code (KUHP). The petition requests the amendment of articles 284 (adultery), 285 (rape) and 292 (sex between adults and minors of the same gender). According to court documents, the alliance argues that the current articles “threaten family and national resilience”, and the proposed changes are necessary to “protect religious values”.
August 22 / Jakarta Post