“We are giving more time in the next two or three months for the public to provide feedback on the bill to us,” Taufiqulhadi told The Bangkok Post.
However, it appears that deeper issues with the bill are at hand.
After the initial draft of the bill was released earlier this year, a national outcry over more controversial articles in the bill led to the legislation being put on hold.
Constitution III, which is responsible for ratifying the legislation, still has to approve several elements of the bill before it can be made legal.
With this in mind, it appears that the delay will only grant a temporary reprieve to the LGBT+ community, especially as the bill has garnered support from all 10 of the major political parties in the country.
In 2016, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo spoke in favour of LGBT+ rights, and said that “there should be no discrimination against anyone,” reports Human Rights Watch.
The Indonesian Supreme Court also blocked a bill to criminalise homosexuality in 2016.
In spite of the president’s apparent support for the community, a series of high-profile politicians have recently lambasted the LGBT+ community, including Defense Minister, Ryamizard Ryacudu who said that the proliferation of LGBT+ people was “more dangerous than a nuclear war.”
The truth is over 50 percent Indonesia citizen agreed the government should ensure that LGBT+ people’s rights are protected and I think that is what the governement should think about. Protecting their country and its people, no matter who they are and who they love!