“Stain on reputation”- Bhutan repeals law criminalising homosexuality.

Bhutan’s parliament became the worlds latest to decriminalise homosexuality, as this law had never been used but the finance minister Namgay Tshering has submitted the recommendation to repeal section 213 and 214 of the penal code as he added that it has become a stain in the nations reputation.
The lower house has overwhelmingly voted to repeal the two sections of the 2004 criminal code which made “unnatural sex” illegal.
Tashi Tsheten said that a lot of them cried as due to the rainbow Bhutan that represented the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

He added by saying that Bhutanese people are small in numbers and are marginalised community so when this rights were discussed in the parliament it made them very happy.
He said that the sections had become redundant since Bhutan became a constitutional monarchy in 2008. There is a high acceptance of LGBT community in the Bhutan’s society’s as he was pretty optimistic about the scrapping of the code sections.
Once the bill is passed by the National Council, the upper chamber, it will be sent for royal assent.


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