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Indonesian judge apologizes to LGBTs for anti-gay comments

An Indonesian judge has made a public apology to the country’s LGBT community, but maintains his stance against the idea of same-sex marriages.

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18th March 2013 00:21

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

Indonesian Constitutional Court judge Arief Hidayat has apologized to that country’s LGBT community after a gay activist wrote to him to tell him of his struggles as a gay Muslim living in Indonesia.

Hidayat had spoken out against the idea of same-sex marriage during a confirmation hearing in the Indonesian House of Representatives, which prompted LGBT rights activist Hartoyo, the secretary general of the group Ourvoice, to write an open letter to the judge.

Hartoyo told the judge of how he and his partner had been dragged from their home by a mob in 2007 and beaten before being dragged to a police station where they were verbally abused by six officers who then turned a hose on them.

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