A Malaysian man has won the country's first legal challenge against Islamic laws that ban gay sex. He was charged in an Islamic court in with attempting to have "intercourse against the order of nature", and several others in the same case have already pleaded guilty and were caned as a punishment. In Thursday's landmark case, the legislation banning gay sex was enacted in Selangor state, outside Kuala Lumpur. Multi-ethnic Malaysia has a dual-track legal system, with Islamic courts handling some matters for Muslim citizens, and sharia laws set by individual states.
Malaysian wins challenge against Islamic law banning gay sex
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Two men accused of having gay sex in Indonesia were savagely beaten with canes after neighbors reported them to police, and the punishment -- under Islamic law -- is tough to see. The men, both in their 20s, were flogged 77 times each by Sharia police in the country's conservative Aceh province, where a huge crowd gathered to watch the lashing Pleas for mercy and cries of pain could not save the men Sharia police only paused the punishment to allow the men a drink of water Both men were arrested back in November, when police say officers, tipped off by locals, broke into a rented room and found the pair having sex. They served 3 months in prison, so their original lash sentence was reduced by 3. The Aceh province is the only part of Indonesia where gay sex is illegal
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The Muslim man in his 30s — whose name has been withheld by his lawyer to protect him — filed the lawsuit after he was arrested in the central Selangor state in for attempting gay sex, an allegation he denies. Same-sex acts are illegal in Malaysia, although convictions are rare. The country, which has 13 states, has a dual-track legal system, with Islamic criminal and family laws applicable to Muslims running alongside civil laws.
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