Difficult for Indonesia to legalise gay marriage: Minister

Difficult for Indonesia to legalise gay marriage: Minister
Indonesian Minister for Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin.
PHOTO: The Jakarta Post

Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin said on Thursday that gay marriage was unacceptable in Indonesia because of religious norms.

"I think it [gay marriage] is difficult to introduce in a country like Indonesia. Indonesian citizens are very religious. So the state and society do not see same-sex unions as a legal matter only," Lukman said as quoted by Antara news agency.

Lukman said Indonesian society considered marriage sacred and a religious ritual.

"That is why the country cannot accept or legalize same-sex unions," he said.

Echoing Lukman, lawmaker Saleh Partaonan Daulay said that marriages in the country with world's biggest Muslim population took place not only in the domain of state but also religion.

"So, the state should not legalize marriages that contravene religious principles," he said.

Previously, Saleh said the recent recognition of gay marriage by the US Supreme Court would not have a big impact on Indonesia, citing culture and religious differences between the two countries.


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