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Lesbian marriage in Riau Islands to be reported to Religious Ministry

While same-sex marriage is technically illegal in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, gay and lesbian couples are occasionally able to find loopholes and get married, such as the case of Angga Sucipto, 21, and Ninies Ramiliyutias, 40.\n

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20th January 2013 21:30

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

Despite both being females, Angga was able to marry Ninies in January 2012 at the Sei Beduk Religious Affairs Office (KUA) in Riau Islands by pretending to be male.

“The administrative requirements for the marriage were complete, so there was no way we could forbid them from getting married,” said the head of the office, Budi Dharmawan, on Sunday.

The same-sex marriage went undetected by the locals, until they grew suspicious of Angga, who never interacted with them. “Finally, on Monday, we raided the couple’s house and discovered that Angga was actually a female,” said Ricard Butar-Butar, a neighbor.

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