Entry #12130: Homosexual activity in Indonesia

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RegionIndonesia
IssueHomosexual activity
Statusambiguous
Start DateDec 6, 2022
End Datenow
DescriptionLegal (except in Aceh province)
Sourceshttps://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/06/world/asia/indonesia-sex-gay-rights.html https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/05/asia/indonesia-new-code-passed-sex-cohabitation-intl-hnk/index.html https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/indonesias-parliament-passes-controversial-new-criminal-code-2022-12-06/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/12/06/indonesia-sex-before-marriage-ban/ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-63869078 Legal (except in Aceh province)


Revision History (16)

Revision by LGBTsoutheastasian. It is technically ambiguous and not “varies by region”, as outside of Aceh province regional govt must stay with the national law and cannot make their own laws

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Revision by LGBTsoutheastasian. Removed wikipedia sources as it is unreliable

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Sourceshttps://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/06/world/asia/indonesia-sex-gay-rights.html
https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/05/asia/indonesia-new-code-passed-sex-cohabitation-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/indonesias-parliament-passes-controversial-new-criminal-code-2022-12-06/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/12/06/indonesia-sex-before-marriage-ban/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-63869078
Legal (except in Aceh provincehttps://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Indonesia
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/06/world/asia/indonesia-sex-gay-rights.html
https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/05/asia/indonesia-new-code-passed-sex-cohabitation-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/indonesias-parliament-passes-controversial-new-criminal-code-2022-12-06/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/12/06/indonesia-sex-before-marriage-ban/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-63869078
Legal (except in Aceh province)
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https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/06/world/asia/indonesia-sex-gay-rights.html https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/05/asia/indonesia-new-code-passed-sex-cohabitation-intl-hnk/index.html https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/indonesias-parliament-passes-controversial-new-criminal-code-2022-12-06/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/12/06/indonesia-sex-before-marriage-ban/ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-63869078 Legal (except in Aceh provincehttps://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Indonesia province)

Revision by Vito12. Making this change because it is not correct.

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Reports (1)
  • Status is not correct "Legal in Indonesia"

Revision by LGBTsoutheastasian. Indonesia is legal like Russia, only illegal in Aceh province

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Value(REMOVED)Legal

Revision by Vito12. If this is wrong please change it

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NoteOn December 6th 2022, a new law was passed outlawing sex outside marriage. The new law doesn’t specifically criminalize same-sex sexual intercourse between the same gender, but does criminalize certain sexual intercourse between the opposite sex. Legal (except in Aceh province)
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On December 6th 2022, a new law was passed outlawing sex outside marriage. The new law doesn’t specifically criminalize same-sex sexual intercourse between the same gender, but does criminalize certain sexual intercourse between the opposite sex. Legal (except in Aceh province)
Sourceshttps://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/06/world/asia/indonesia-sex-gay-rights.html
https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/05/asia/indonesia-new-code-passed-sex-cohabitation-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/indonesias-parliament-passes-controversial-new-criminal-code-2022-12-06/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/12/06/indonesia-sex-before-marriage-ban/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-63869078
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/06/world/asia/indonesia-sex-gay-rights.html
https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/05/asia/indonesia-new-code-passed-sex-cohabitation-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/indonesias-parliament-passes-controversial-new-criminal-code-2022-12-06/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/12/06/indonesia-sex-before-marriage-ban/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-63869078
Legal (except in Aceh provincehttps://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Indonesia
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https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/06/world/asia/indonesia-sex-gay-rights.html https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/05/asia/indonesia-new-code-passed-sex-cohabitation-intl-hnk/index.html https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/indonesias-parliament-passes-controversial-new-criminal-code-2022-12-06/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/12/06/indonesia-sex-before-marriage-ban/ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-63869078 https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/06/world/asia/indonesia-sex-gay-rights.html https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/05/asia/indonesia-new-code-passed-sex-cohabitation-intl-hnk/index.html https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/indonesias-parliament-passes-controversial-new-criminal-code-2022-12-06/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/12/06/indonesia-sex-before-marriage-ban/ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-63869078 Legal (except in Aceh provincehttps://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Indonesia

Revision by ignatiusnathanl. Law has passed

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Sourceshttps://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/06/world/asia/indonesia-sex-gay-rights.html
https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/05/asia/indonesia-new-code-passed-sex-cohabitation-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.euronews.com/travel/2022/12/07/indonesia-bans-sex-outside-of-marriage-will-new-laws-affect-tourists-too
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/06/world/asia/indonesia-sex-gay-rights.html
https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/05/asia/indonesia-new-code-passed-sex-cohabitation-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/indonesias-parliament-passes-controversial-new-criminal-code-2022-12-06/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/12/06/indonesia-sex-before-marriage-ban/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-63869078
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https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/06/world/asia/indonesia-sex-gay-rights.html https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/05/asia/indonesia-new-code-passed-sex-cohabitation-intl-hnk/index.html https://www.euronews.com/travel/2022/12/07/indonesia-bans-sex-outside-of-marriage-will-new-laws-affect-tourists-too https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/06/world/asia/indonesia-sex-gay-rights.html https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/05/asia/indonesia-new-code-passed-sex-cohabitation-intl-hnk/index.html https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/indonesias-parliament-passes-controversial-new-criminal-code-2022-12-06/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/12/06/indonesia-sex-before-marriage-ban/ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-63869078
Reports (3)
  • Date is incorrect "Law has passed but only comes into affect in 2025. "
  • Status is not correct "The law that was passed is the new criminal code in Indonesia. The article where this issue is mentioned is on Article 411 and Article 412. To say this makes sex outside marriage is illegal is inaccurate for two reasons: in practice consenting adults who have sex outside marriage (either done by those who are married or not with children or not) is done frequently, the second is that this article is a loophole because one of its clause specifically mentioned that the only people that can file a complaint are: in the case of married individual: their spouse, in the case of non married individual: the children of the individual or their parents. Attentive readers would realize immediately that no parent would put their own child to jail nor would most couples who had sex outside marriage have children. This article also has a clause that said that the complaint maybe withdrawn before the trial begins. At the addendum on the further explanation section of the law, for this article it is also mentioned that this law would overturn and held more prominence than any other law that came before it which actually legalize sex outside marriage between consenting adults and prevent events in the past where a couple were prosecuted because they got caught of having sex by people other than their parents or their child. Regional laws regarding this would also effectively be rendered useless because this law has a really high precedence right after the constitution. I would also add that one of the reasons the government put this law was to give legal path for a spouse who got cheated by their partner, and for giving a space for the religious parties at the parliament (because to remove this clause they would get protest from the religious, to include it they would get protest from the secularist). Effectively, like many laws in Indonesia, the government does not take any stand in the matter, hence the loophole to do as little harm as possible."
  • Newer law has been passed

Revision by ignatiusnathanl. Law has passed

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Start DateJan 3, 2026Dec 6, 2022
NoteOn December 6th 2025, a new law will be passed outlawing sex outside marriage. The new law doesn’t specifically criminalize same-sex sexual intercourse between the same gender, but does criminalize certain sexual intercourse between the opposite sex. On December 6th 2022, a new law was passed outlawing sex outside marriage. The new law doesn’t specifically criminalize same-sex sexual intercourse between the same gender, but does criminalize certain sexual intercourse between the opposite sex.
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On December 6th 2025, a new law will be passed outlawing sex outside marriage. The new law doesn’t specifically criminalize same-sex sexual intercourse between the same gender, but does criminalize certain sexual intercourse between the opposite sex. 2022, a new law was passed outlawing sex outside marriage. The new law doesn’t specifically criminalize same-sex sexual intercourse between the same gender, but does criminalize certain sexual intercourse between the opposite sex.

Revision by LGBTsoutheastasian. The new Indonesian law does not criminalize same-sex sexual intercourse, but criminalize types of intercourse done with the opposite gender. It is an Islamized but not an Islamic law.

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Start DateDec 6, 2025Jan 3, 2026
NoteOn December 6th 2025, a new law will be passed outlawing sex outside marriage. While this law wasn’t specifically made or specified to impact queer people, it will still make it illegal for LGBTQ+ people to engage in sexual interactions. On December 6th 2025, a new law will be passed outlawing sex outside marriage. The new law doesn’t specifically criminalize same-sex sexual intercourse between the same gender, but does criminalize certain sexual intercourse between the opposite sex.
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On December 6th 2025, a new law will be passed outlawing sex outside marriage. While this law wasn’t specifically made or specified to impact queer people, it will still make it illegal for LGBTQ+ people to engage in sexual interactions. The new law doesn’t specifically criminalize same-sex sexual intercourse between the same gender, but does criminalize certain sexual intercourse between the opposite sex.
Reports (3)
  • Status is not correct
  • Newer law has been passed "This law has already been passed"
  • Newer law has been passed

Revision by CHR0LL0PH0BICCC. Added more info about the effects of the law.

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NoteOn December 6th 2025, a new law will be passed saying sex outside marriage is now illegal. Unsure about dating. Homosexual marriage in Indonesia is unrecognized/illegal. New law will affect touristsOn December 6th 2025, a new law will be passed outlawing sex outside marriage. While this law wasn’t specifically made or specified to impact queer people, it will still make it illegal for LGBTQ+ people to engage in sexual interactions.
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On December 6th 2025, a new law will be passed saying sex outside marriage is now illegal. Unsure about dating. Homosexual marriage in Indonesia is unrecognized/illegal. New law will affect tourists outlawing sex outside marriage. While this law wasn’t specifically made or specified to impact queer people, it will still make it illegal for LGBTQ+ people to engage in sexual interactions.

Revision by Willow. Because an error,unaware the law hasn't been gone into effect yet

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NoteOn December 6th 2022, a new law was passed saying sex outside marriage is now illegal. Unsure about dating. Homosexual marriage in Indonesia is unrecognized/illegal. New law will also affect tourists.On December 6th 2025, a new law will be passed saying sex outside marriage is now illegal. Unsure about dating. Homosexual marriage in Indonesia is unrecognized/illegal. New law will affect tourists
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On December 6th 2022, a new law was passed saying sex outside marriage is now illegal. Unsure about dating. Homosexual marriage in Indonesia is unrecognized/illegal. New law will also affect tourists. 2025, a new law will be passed saying sex outside marriage is now illegal. Unsure about dating. Homosexual marriage in Indonesia is unrecognized/illegal. New law will affect tourists
Reports (1)
  • Status is not correct "Even in 2025, homosexual still legal but not for same-sex marriage. The new law apply for heteros only"

Revision by LGBTsoutheastasian. Revision.

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NoteOn December 6th 2022, a new law was passed saying sex outside marriage is now illegal. Unsure about dating. Homosexual marriage in Indonesia is unrecognized/illegal. New law will affect touristsOn December 6th 2022, a new law was passed saying sex outside marriage is now illegal. Unsure about dating. Homosexual marriage in Indonesia is unrecognized/illegal. New law will also affect tourists.
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On December 6th 2022, a new law was passed saying sex outside marriage is now illegal. Unsure about dating. Homosexual marriage in Indonesia is unrecognized/illegal. New law will affect tourists also affect tourists.

Revision by LGBTsoutheastasian. This is If the law is already signed by the President, it will be in effect after 3 years at current we still use the European Criminal Code that does not criminalize premarital sex.

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Revision by LGBTsoutheastasian. This is If the law is already signed by the President, it will be in effect after 3 years at current we still use the European Criminal Code that does not criminalize premarital sex.

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Start DateDec 6, 2022Dec 6, 2025
NoteOn December 6th 2022, a new law was passed saying sex outside marriage is now illegal. Unsure about dating. Homosexual marriage in Indonesia is unrecognized/illegal. New law doesn't affect touristsOn December 6th 2022, a new law was passed saying sex outside marriage is now illegal. Unsure about dating. Homosexual marriage in Indonesia is unrecognized/illegal. New law will affect tourists
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On December 6th 2022, a new law was passed saying sex outside marriage is now illegal. Unsure about dating. Homosexual marriage in Indonesia is unrecognized/illegal. New law doesn't affect tourists will affect tourists

Revision by Notdog1996

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NoteOn December 6th 2022, a new law was passed saying sex outside marriage is now illegal. Unsure about dating. Homosexual marriage in Indonesia is unrecognized/illegal. New law dosent effect touristsOn December 6th 2022, a new law was passed saying sex outside marriage is now illegal. Unsure about dating. Homosexual marriage in Indonesia is unrecognized/illegal. New law doesn't affect tourists
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On December 6th 2022, a new law was passed saying sex outside marriage is now illegal. Unsure about dating. Homosexual marriage in Indonesia is unrecognized/illegal. New law dosent effect tourists doesn't affect tourists
Reports (1)
  • Status is not correct "Homosexual still legal. The new law is prohibited for heterosexual only. But for same sex, it still remain the same. You cannot put 'ambiguous', consider using 'varies by region' instead because region like Aceh is illegal while other than that is legal. Thanks"

Revision by Willow

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NoteOn December 6th 2022, a new law was passed saying sex outside marriage is now illegal. Homosexual marriage in Indonesia is unrecognized/illegal. New law dosent effect touristsOn December 6th 2022, a new law was passed saying sex outside marriage is now illegal. Unsure about dating. Homosexual marriage in Indonesia is unrecognized/illegal. New law dosent effect tourists
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On December 6th 2022, a new law was passed saying sex outside marriage is now illegal. Homosexual marriage in Indonesia is unrecognized/illegal. New law dosent effect tourists Unsure about dating. Homosexual marriage in Indonesia is unrecognized/illegal. New law dosent effect tourists

Revision by Willow

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NoteOn December 6th 2022, a new law was passed saying sex outside marriage is now illegal. Homosexual marriage in Indonesia is unrecognized/illegalOn December 6th 2022, a new law was passed saying sex outside marriage is now illegal. Homosexual marriage in Indonesia is unrecognized/illegal. New law dosent effect tourists
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On December 6th 2022, a new law was passed saying sex outside marriage is now illegal. Homosexual marriage in Indonesia is unrecognized/illegal unrecognized/illegal. New law dosent effect tourists
Sourceshttps://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/06/world/asia/indonesia-sex-gay-rights.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/06/world/asia/indonesia-sex-gay-rights.html
https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/05/asia/indonesia-new-code-passed-sex-cohabitation-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.euronews.com/travel/2022/12/07/indonesia-bans-sex-outside-of-marriage-will-new-laws-affect-tourists-too
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https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/06/world/asia/indonesia-sex-gay-rights.html https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/06/world/asia/indonesia-sex-gay-rights.html https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/05/asia/indonesia-new-code-passed-sex-cohabitation-intl-hnk/index.html https://www.euronews.com/travel/2022/12/07/indonesia-bans-sex-outside-of-marriage-will-new-laws-affect-tourists-too

Willow created this entry.