Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Travel

Bhutan parliament decriminalizes homosexuality

Both houses of Bhutan’s parliament approved a bill that legalizes gay sex, amending Sections 213 and 214 of the penal code that criminalized “unnatural sex”, which was widely interpreted as referring to homosexuality.

Photo by Prateek Katyal from Unsplash.com

Rainbow rises in Bhutan.

Both houses of Bhutan’s parliament approved a bill that legalizes gay sex, amending Sections 213 and 214 of the penal code that criminalized “unnatural sex”, which was widely interpreted as referring to homosexuality. With this development, the Himalayan kingdom becomes the latest Asian nation to take steps to ease restrictions on same-sex relationships.

In total, 63 of the 69 members of both houses of parliament voted in favor of amending the code to scrap the discriminatory provision. There were six members who were absent at the time of voting.

Worth noting: The changes still need to be approved by the King of Bhutan to become a law in the majority-Buddhist nation of 800,000 people.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Like Us On Facebook

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Travel

The rightwing-leaning Supreme Court allowed for the state of Idaho to proceed with the enforcement of a new law that prohibits providing life-saving gender-affirming...

Travel

Iraqi parliamentarians are slated to vote on an anti-LGBTQIA bill that includes the death penalty or prison term for at least seven years to...

Travel

The Constitutional Court of Uganda declined to nullify, or even grant a permanent injunction against the enforcement of the Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2023. This was...

Travel

In Thailand, a marriage equality bill passed a first reading in the Upper House, an essential step that will bring the country closer to...

Advertisement