Gay Rights | LEbanon | News | Transgender

Lebanese Court Ruling Invalidates Law Criminalizing Gay Sex

A court case in Jdeideh, Lebanon has invalidated Article 534, a law which criminalizes "unnatural sexual intercourse," and is being heralded as a major step toward equal rights for LGBT persons. Judge Naji al-Dahdah ruled that the law did not provide clear interpretation for this case, which involved a sexual relationship between a transgender woman and a male lover.  

LebanonThe Daily Star reports:

“It’s a big step; it shows we’re moving in the right direction,” said Georges Azzi, a prominent activist for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights who is also the co-founder of Helem, a Lebanese group that has long been campaigning to change the law.

“The more we have decisions like this the more Article 534 becomes irrelevant,” Azzi told The Daily Star. “Any legal change takes a lot of time but at least this article might stop being used to persecute gay and transgender people in Lebanon.”

A prior ruling, from December 2009, argued that sex between two people of the same gender is another extension of man's nature and therefore cannot be prosecuted. This new case was complicated by the involvement of transgender politics, but LGBT rights activists are pleased with the outcome.

In his final ruling, Dahdah said that a person’s gender should not simply be based on their personal status registry document, but also on their outward physical appearance and self-perception.

“Dahdah is not someone that we know is particularly involved in these issues,” said Azzi. “He’s not part of the circle of activists, lawyers and judges [who campaign for gay rights], which makes his decision even more impressive.”

Azzi nonetheless insisted there was still much to do. “On the judges front we are making huge steps. Now we need to change the attitude of the police and security forces,” he said.

Feed This post's comment feed

Comments

  1. What I want to know is who gets to decide what "unnatural sexual intercourse" is, and on what basis?

    It reminds me of what Kinsey is supposed to have said. A 1963 article in the Mattachine Review by Harold L. Call who was President of the Mattachine Society credits words to Alfred Kinsey as follows:

    "I suggest that the varied forms of sexual behavior are simply a part of nature. I urge others to regard them so. I remember Dr. Kinsey once said that the only unnatural sex act is that which one cannot perform. Then let’s start accepting the fact, and chuck into the rubbish can a lot of the prudish nonsense the anti-sexualists are feeding us."

    Repeat: "The only unnatural sex act is that which you cannot perform." — Alfred Kinsey

    For clarification though, I do not equate the word "natural" with the word "moral," and I do believe there are immoral etc. acts.

    Posted by: edude | Mar 6, 2014 11:38:53 AM


  2. Kensey was a perv pedo into multiple extreme sexual paraphilia. And most of his research is total BS, even completely made up and pulled out of his a**. The man should be disowned by 'progressives' the same way promient gay and lesbian individuals and groups mixed with and promoted pedophiles and child porn especially back in the 70s and lesser extent 80s. This was particularly a common practice among 'progressives' in western Europe and the UK.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 6, 2014 11:51:05 AM


  3. I just got hungry for Lebanese food. It's so good!

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Mar 6, 2014 12:31:37 PM


  4. A juicy big Shawarma sandwich it is. Iron man knows his sandwiches.
    That being said, good for Lebanon; That Middle-Eastern country was THE destination to vacation by the Mediterranean Sea in the 60s. Religion excuses for wars and territorial in-.fighting almost ruined the country. Islamic Iradicals were trying to greareatly curb Lebanese. openness to European culture and love for the night life.

    Acceptance of LGBT diversity is a step in the right direction for yet another country in the Middle-East in the right direction away from extremists, and closer to human rights.

    How about it Texas? Doesn't this put you in the mood for equality and to step away for religious Freekdom?

    Posted by: Mags | Mar 6, 2014 2:22:38 PM


  5. *from religious Freekdom.

    Posted by: Mags | Mar 6, 2014 2:32:45 PM


  6. Reminds me of when Rosie O'Donnell was a guest host on The Tonight Show, and her guest was Ellen Degeneres. Rosie said, "Yes, the rumors are true. We are both Lebanese!"

    Posted by: John De Salvio | Mar 6, 2014 4:04:42 PM


  7. More evidence that LGB issues and T issues have significant overlap.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 6, 2014 4:26:23 PM


  8. Duh. Middle men are extremly attractive,

    Posted by: Jake the human | Mar 6, 2014 4:57:27 PM


  9. "The defendant, whom the report does not name, was born with deformed or incomplete genitalia, but was described as male on her personal status registry. However, she said she always felt she was a woman, and underwent surgery in the 1990s to remove her male genitals and create a vagina."

    So exactly what does this have to do with GLB issues? Apart from the fact that the ruling about this straight relationship is really useful in gaining rights for GLBs?

    Posted by: Zoe Brain | Mar 11, 2014 5:49:33 AM


Post a comment







Trending


« «Santa Fe Elects First Openly Gay Mayor« «