Jan 18, 2017

‘President vehemently opposes same-sex relationships’ (video) Featured

President Maithripala Sirisena vehemently opposes same-sex relationships, says acting finance minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena.

Speaking to journalists in Colombo yesterday (17), Abeywardena said same-sex relationships went against the Sri Lankan society’s norms and culture, and would not be allowed.

He was responding to media reports that the government had agreed to a condition to recognize same-sex relationships in order to regain the GSP+ export concession from the European Union.

The acting minister stressed that the president would intervene in any matter that affected society.

The government would not agree to any of the disagreeable stipulations contained in the proposed human rights action plan for receiving GSP+, he said.

Abeywardena noted that same-sex relationships were taboo in European countries and were being opposed by the Catholic Church as well.

At last week’s cabinet meeting, acting foreign affairs minister Harsha de Silva submitted the national action plan for the protection and promotion of human rights 2017-2021in relation to receiving GSP+.

It however does not call for legalizing same-sex relationships, but only proposes to abolish the British-imposed ‘Victorian era’ repressive laws on sexuality.

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