In a rare victory for the country’s civil rights defenders, the Constitutional Court (MK) rejected a judicial review petition on Thursday aimed at outlawing premarital sex and same-sex relationships.
The call was a close one, with four out of nine justices, including chief justice Arief Hidayat, offering dissenting opinions in the case. The five justices who rejected the ruling were Saldi Isra, Maria Farida Indrawati, Manahan Sitompul, I Gede Palguna and Suhartoyo.
Other than Arief, the dissenting justices were Anwar Usman, Wahiduddin Adams and Aswanto.
In its ruling, the court argued that the petitioners’ request was beyond its authority, suggesting they bring their case to the House of Representatives.
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