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Brunei says it ‘will not enforce gay death penalty after global backlash’

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  • Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is backing off of punishing gay sex with execution after facing global backlash.
  • The small Southeast Asian country sparked an outcry when it rolled out its interpretation of Islamic laws, or sharia, last month, punishing sodomy, adultery, and rape with death, including by stoning.
  • Celebrities like George Clooney and Elton John slammed the sultan after the policy was announced.
  • The sultan is now extending a moratorium on the death penalty for gay sex.
  • The wealthy sultan often faces criticism from activists who view his absolute monarchy as despotic, but it is unusual for him to respond.
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Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has said gay sex will not be punished with the death penalty after he faced global backlash over the incoming legislation.

The sultan extended a moratorium on the death penalty for gay sex, seeking to temper a global backlash led by celebrities such as George Clooney and Elton John.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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