Appellate court bans gay book again after govt appeal

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09/25/2023

PUTRAJAYA (Sept 25): The Court of Appeal on Monday (Sept 25) reimposed the ban on a 2013 publication titled “Gay is Okay! A Christian Perspective” that was ordered by the Home Ministry in 2020, after the High Court had on Feb 22, 2022 lifted the prohibition on the book. This follows a majority 2-1 decision that allowed the federal government and home minister’s appeal against the court decision. Judges Datuk Wong Kian Kheong and Datuk Azizah Nawawi, who led the panel, are the majority judges who re-imposed the ban, while Datuk M Gunalan is the dissenting judge. Wong, in his judgement, said Article 10(1)(a) of the Federal Constitution is different from the position of the Indian Constitution, which stipulated that the government can impose reasonable restrictions.

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