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MPR speaker’s remarks on LGBT spark controversy

  • Safrin La Batu and Nurul Fitri Ramadhany

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 23 2018   /  12:08 am

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...