Gay Sex is ‘natural’ in Turkey

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Homosexual sex was legally defined as an “unnatural act,” along the same lines as bestiality or necrophilia.  

The court case that took place earlier this week, centered on a man caught and tried for selling gay pornography. Traditionally, because gay sex was legally defined as an unnatural act, the dissemination of videos depicting gay sex could result in an 8-month imprisonment. However, the court ruling went against the current and ruled that gay sex is “natural” and thus not punishable by imprisonment.

Web Editor for the LGBT rights group KAOS GL Ömer Akpınar told 429Magazine, “Well, the ruling does not change the everyday discrimination LGBT’s face at schools, in their workplace and within their families, nor does it bring any legal protection on sexual orientation.

“I don’t think that it will lessen harassment but legal developments are so important for things to change. It is a small step but it is still an important development because the lower court said that gay sex is ok. It is noteworthy that there is a positive media coverage on this ruling both nationally and internationally. Media pressure is a very important tool for lawmakers to recognize LGBT rights,” he continued.

The court ruling is similar to what would happen if a small local court ruled against a Supreme Court ruling in the US, it would be non-federal binding. If anything, it points dramatically to a problem that needs to be addressed.

A lot of eyes have turned towards Turkey recently. The international community wants to see Turkey grant civil rights guarantees to its people and to promote social equality programs and more progressive legislation. As it is today, Turkey is among the most rapidly changing countries in the world, with a strong economy and an increasingly more European and less insular outlook towards the world.

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