A group of Indonesian academics and activists who are trying to get the Constitutional Court of Indonesia to criminalise the act of gay sex.
In today's 'news that is f--ked', the group is arguing that the country's collective sex life is contributing to the moral decay of society, and they're also campaigning to criminalise hetero-sex between unwed couples.
Saying that the nation's Muslim values are in danger of being overridden by those pesky international human rights, the group - called Family Love Alliance - is arguing that a law already in place to prohibit same-sex sexual acts between adults and minors should apply to sex acts between consenting adults of the same sex, also.
Playing the "won't someone think of the children!" card, Asrorun Ni’am Sholeh - the Chairman of the National Child Protection Commission - said that homosexual sex “[tends] to be repeated because there is a factor of addiction in it,” calling for a five-year prison sentence for those convicted because gay sex is putting the nation's children at risk, apparently.
The Family Love Alliance is also very concerned about the prospect of same-sex marriage becoming a reality, because of course they are.
Sounds ridiculous, right? Only problem is that 3 of the 9 judges on the panel we're like "hmm sounds legit, tell me more"*.
Judge Patrialis Akbar is quoted as saying: “If those values are not articulated in the law, would our country one day become a secular state?”
“This constitution is liberal, yes, because it’s coming from imperialist government,” Akbar said, referencing Indonesia's past as a Dutch colony, musing: “Must all laws that are not in according with the morals and religion have to be synchronized with the local values so this court … [can be] an institution illuminated by the light of God?”
The next hearing is set to take place on August 30.
(*this is not a direct quote)