Police will not take action on gay lovers

MYANMAR - Lieutenant police colonel Win Kyi told Eleven Media on March 6 that the police have no plan to take legal action against two gay lovers for marrying in public.

Police initially said they would investigate the marriage ceremony between Myo Min Htet and Tin Ko Ko last Sunday at the Excel Hotel in Yangon after it was reported by local news causing a storm of controversy.

"We don't have any plan yet to investigate the incident and take legal actions. One of them disagreed. If there is a complainant about it, we can take legal actions in accord with the Section 377. If no, no actions can be taken," Win Kyi said.

The Voice, 7 Day and Democracy Today reported the marriage ceremony on March 2 stirring reactions from Buddhist monks and online media calling the event illegal and immoral.

Myanmar currently has a law against same-sex intercourse that carries up to life in prison but does not mention anything about marriage.