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Central Java, surprise gay marriage not legal
Ratu Airin Karla and Dumani, two men, invited relatives and friends to a party to celebrate their long friendship. Participants found themselves instead at a real wedding, celebrated according to the Javanese tradition. The union was not recognized by the government, because it lacks the necessary blessing of religious authority.
Human rights activists are not giving up on three Indonesian Catholics
Several human rights groups released a statement yesterday demanding that the death sentence imposed on Tibo and his co-accused be overturned; they also called for the abolition of the death penalty. Everyone is waiting for President Susilo's decision on a second appeal for pardon.
New government to make religious freedom and minority protection a priority
After years of abuse and violence under President Yudhoyono, the new head of state Jokowi and his government announce changes. Religious Affairs minister plans to adopt new legislation "within six months" to remove barriers to freedom of worship by non-Muslims. Interior minister plans to remove religious affiliation from identity papers.
Indonesian Minister: Catholics, an example to follow in preparation for marriage and family
Speaking at a national conference sponsored by the bishops, the Head of the Minister for Religious Affairs welcomes the example and the values of Catholics. The Church shows the "great competency" in preparing the wedding and can also serve as an example to Muslims. Diversity a source of wealth.
Under draft law cohabiting couples risk one year in prison
The bill before parliament is tightens 2010 norm.. It targets all couples "outside the official state of marriage", which in Indonesia is first ratified by the religious authorities and then by the State. In the country, citizens priavte lives considered terrain for government policies.
"Obedient wives club", pretext for legalizing polygamy in Indonesia
The club, based on the original Malaysian model divides the country. The goal is to teach women total devotion to their husbands, even in the sexual sphere. For activists it is a pretext to justify marriage with several women. Islamic scholar: the relationship is like a car, the husband is the driver and the wife a "submissive and obedient" passenger.
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