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>> A hard line agenda rejected in the world's most populous Muslim country. An Indonesian court on Thursday throwing out a petition to broaden the definition of adultery. To include all consensual sex outside marriage, including gay sex. Reuters Kanupriya Kapoor in Jakarta says, the petition had activists up in arms.
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>> If the Constitutional Court has appealed this petition. A lot of activists were afraid that in order to actually enforce this new law, police would have to massively violate people's privacy. And hearing from a lot of rights activists, that they're very relieved about it. And they say that it shows that the creeping conservatism in Indonesia, is not necessarily unstoppable.
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>> The court rule existing was don't conflict with the constitution and that it is outside the authority of the court to create new policy. That petition was lead by a conservative group called Family Love Alliance made up of academics and conservative activists. It could have major implications, particularly for the LGBT community, a group that's already marginalized in the country.
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>> Another concern was that this law would be specifically used to target the LGBT community. So, while gay sex is not regulated in most parts of Indonesia, same sex marriage is not legal here. A lot of rights activists do fear that this conservative group and other groups like it are going to resort to other avenues.
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Like going through government education programs or going through Parliament. Where there's currently a debate over the national criminal code and efforts to revise it.>> Earlier this year in Indonesia two gay men where caned by religious police in front of an audience of hundreds of people.