Prior to their decision, same-sex marriage was already legal in 37 states and Washington DC, but was banned in the remaining Proponents of legal gay marriage contend that gay marriage bans are discriminatory and unconstitutional, and that same-sex couples should have access to all the benefits enjoyed by different-sex couples. Opponents contend that marriage has traditionally been defined as being between one man and one woman, and that marriage is primarily for procreation. Read more background….
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A gay couple has been caned 77 times each for having sex in Indonesia, according to local reports. The couple, aged 27 and 29, where whipped in front of witnesses which included locals and their family members in Aceh today. They were arrested for having sex with the same sex at a boarding house in the Kuta Alam District. Their sentences were initially 80 lashes but they were reduced by three each because they had been in detention for three months, Detik News reports. The person handing out the lashes was changed around half way through, after being caned 40 times. Among those caned were also two people who were given 40 lashings each for drinking alcohol, Detik News reported.
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A source in Banda Aceh who asked the Washington Blade to remain anonymous in order to protect their identity confirmed religious police arrested the two men on Nov. According to residents, they were suspected of having just had sexual intercourse when the raid took place. Indonesia is a majority Muslim country, but Aceh is the only province with Shariah law.