A bid to make all sex outside marriage illegal was rejected by a top Indonesian court Thursday, in a ruling that surprised many as concerns grow about rising intolerance in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country.
Five out of nine judges on the Constitutional Court in the capital Jakarta narrowly rejected the push to criminalise extramarital relations, including gay sex.
The unsuccessful petition would have affected both unmarried heterosexuals and gay people, who cannot marry in Indonesia.
It comes several months after the arrests of a group of men accused of holding a “gay party” and a wave of anti-LGBT rhetoric.
“This is a victory not only for LGBT communities, it’s a victory for common sense,” said gay rights activist Hartoyo, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.
“We live together as a nation and we must respect our differences,” he added.
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