The Jakarta Post
People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Zulkifli Hasan triggered uproar on Saturday after he claimed five political parties in the House of Representatives had supported a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
However, his statement was quickly refuted by recently elected House Speaker Bambang Soesatyo of the Golkar Party.
“There was no deliberation on a specific bill about the LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community],” Bambang said on Monday.
Zulkifli did not mention which parties had allegedly supported same-sex marriage, leading some politicians to call his statement baseless.
“LGBT is not accepted [among political parties], so it is unfortunate that he [Zulkifli] spoke carelessly and not according to facts,” said ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician and lawmaker Arteria Dahlan.
“Which bill seek...