Lawmakers in conservative Indonesian province propose ban on gay sex, caning of those caught

Men and women caught having homosexual sex could be publicly caned in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province if an Islam-inspired draft law is approved this week.

Lawmaker Moharriadi Syafari said a majority of provincial lawmakers support a ban on gay sex. They are debating the bill with a view to pass it before Friday, the last day of the current assembly.

Gay rights activist King Oey said Wednesday he would urge the central government to strike down the law if it were passed.

Aceh was granted the right to implement a version of Islamic Shariah law in 2006 as part of a peace deal to end a separatist war. It already canes people found guilty of adultery and gambling.