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Sri Lankan Activists Seek Sodomy Repeal

The Advocate, 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 country’s 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 don’t expect either party to endorse our cause, and we are only looking to open a dialogue."

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