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Indonesia set to outlaw unmarried and gay sex

Bills in legislature come from coalition of Muslim parties

A plainclothes policeman holds a rifle as he escorts suspects during a police investigation into a men's club after a weekend raid on what authorities described as a "gay spa" in Jakarta on Oct. 9, 2017.   © Reuters

JAKARTA Indonesia's legislature looks set to pass a new criminal code that will outlaw gay sex and sex outside marriage. The move comes as political parties -- Islamic and not -- scramble to play the morality card and appeal to increasingly conservative Muslim voters ahead of regional elections in June.

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