An application to repeal the part of Singapore law criminalising male gay sex was heard in the High Court Thursday morning. The case to repeal section 377A of the Penal Code on the basis of a constitutional breach was filed by graphic designers Gary Lim, 44, and Kenneth Chee, 38, who are in a 15-year relationship. The section criminalises acts of “gross indecency” between two consenting men, with a jail term of up to two years. >>>
In a March 17 speech that was reported by the semi-official FarsNews, Dr. Mohammad Javad Larijani, the Speaker of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) dismissed the Western criticism of Iran's human rights record and said, "One of the human rights violations that Iran is accused of is thecriminalization of homosexuality... Homosexuality is animalistic and we haveno place for it in our value system. We are not ashamed of rejecting
homosexuality nor are we bashful of stating that our value system is notcompatible with this animalistic behavior."
Malacca will amend its state Islamic enactment to prosecute gays and lesbians by applying the same type of Shariah legal mechanism used against deviant Muslim sects. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said homosexuals and lesbians could be tried at the Shariah Court once the enactment was gazetted as Shariah law. >>>
Two Malaysian states are set to change their Islamic laws to punish Muslims who engage in homosexuality, increasing the prospect of gay Muslims being punished under both federal and state religious laws and adding to concerns about rising intolerance. >>>
Five nations still outlaw homosexuality and carry out executions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, according to a recent report by the U.S. group Human Rights First. Currently, the nations that prescribe capital punishment for homosexuals are Iran, Mauritania, the Republic of Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.