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South Korean politician, Lee Hye-hoon of the Bareun Future Party, this weekQ3dqpw$h3d!hfwu=nmTv-mPc!AuN__O=!h8!m%[email protected]end delivered a homophobic sermon at a renowned anti-LGBT church.

“Homosexuality is something that God detests” she said at the Gwangju Antioch Church, according to

"HoQtAL8V11#5CUGV9gIsUVVUY0([email protected]_uzdtW0kUt^[email protected][email protected]mosexuals do not love the soul, or mind, or platonic love. Most of them are only in physical relationships,” she also reportedly said.

She warned against homosexuals entrapping teenagers and said the[email protected]@#VR3_gMn!xZAIclfT$ number of homosexuals was increasing by 21% a year.

She also voiced support for a South Korean law which bans gay sex for[email protected]#PJEzQvbC!ZsL0BUBZh South Korean soldiers. Although two-year military service is mandatory in South Korea, gay sex is illegal for soldiers and can be punished by two years in jail.

The comments come as the city[email protected]#Z*$!bJSHg-B=t+0PiZcU2RH of Busan was forced to cancel this year’s pride parade.

Meanwhile, in the city of Incheon, a pride event went ahead amid a huge police presence. Some local media reported that anti-LGBT hecklers outnfMZpeG&mdDT%EVH)o1%KOf5D4(XhcKm([email protected]^4qKumbered the pride attendees.

Homosexuality is legal in So&z00RlQUMh#x%[email protected][email protected]^twIF8F$)(8&TnL%Hgd9duth Korea. But conservative attitudes, especially among Christians, force many LGBTI Koreans to live in the closet.

A 2017 Korean Gallup Daily Opinion poll reportedS)nIUMHf^q_Wm^tw!&Z+xht7&qRBUty3VzGcI-LtoH%qbb&^Ot 66% of 19-29 year-olds supported same-sex marriage, but 76% of those over 60 opposed it.

There is currently no discrimination legislation to protect LGBTI KoreanHyQVx%=#)922LJyw5XX-s_u5t%WSrT4zp6or$*F#TZ0Gdmiq*^s. Protests against LGBTI events, usually led by conservative Christians, have become increasingly loud and violent.

What’s more, South Korea has ignored calls from international rights groups AOK7u+f4pgQkFplHxkhkR%cFA(Gc&Neaj0nSrvrgWX7j=iH#Qdto end its anti-gay law for soldiers in the military.

In 2017, the law made headlines after it emerged a senior general used gay dating apps to ensnare soldiers. His so-called ‘gay witch hunt’ reportedly revealed 50 soIXO6F$UNR4*Blx8n4vojZL%[email protected]*6NqHN1-Ng=vC-e_ZYAldiers.

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