He was speaking at the ‘HE FORUM’ held on the theme ‘two years of good governance and its future’ to mark the first anniversary of the bimonthly political magazine ‘HE.’
Gunaratne noted that for instance, rulers would not allow if a voice was raised to allow same-sex relationships.
It is the Suddas (whites) who banned same-sex relationships, and then Sri Lankans came to treat it as part of their culture and heritage, he said.
President Maithripala Sirisena was the chief guest at the forum, while its panel comprised Prof. Rohan Samarajiva, Prof. Sirimal Abeyratne, Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka and Dr. Suren Raghavan.
Others participants included minister Rajitha Senaratne, deputy speaker Thilanga Sumathipala, MP S.M. Marikkar, defence secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi, Prof. Sarath Wijesuriya, Prof. Chandragupta Thenuwara, Prof. Rohana Lakshman and Sanath Gunatilake.