Lebanon Court Rules that Homosexuality is Not a Crime

While homosexuality in Lebanon is officially illegal in the country, but a judge has questioned the Article marking a turning point in the country’s fight for equality. Currently, a man can be jailed for up to a year in prison under Article 534 that bans “unnatural” sex.

Historically the law had been used, been in recent years it hasn’t been enacted to jail anyone. Thus, the law is commonly used to harass the country’s gay men.

The court of appeals said that homosexuality is not a crime. In it, Judge Randa Khoury said that the Article is outdated.

In order for the law to officially change, the country’s parliament must vote.


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