Sri Lankan Activists Seek Sodomy Repeal
September 8, 2000
Gay rights activists in war-torn Sri Lanka are hoping that forthcoming general
elections will provide them with a chance to repeal the countrys sodomy law.
"This is a good opportunity for main parties to make their stand clear on the
decriminalization of homosexual behavior," Sherman de Rose, of the gay rights group
Companions on a Journey, told Reuters. Elections are scheduled to be held October 10. COJ
has been pushing since 1995 for repeal of the sodomy law. De Rose admits that the bloody
insurgency campaign in the country may make it hard to focus the attention of the two
major parties on gay issues: "We dont expect either party to endorse our cause,
and we are only looking to open a dialogue."
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