South Korean politician, Lee Hye-hoonj2QxnO^tOflVRgP!VGH^hKc&&n9l1p5T31([email protected] of the Bareun Future Party, this weekend 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 Newsnjoy.or.kr.
"Homosexuals do not love the soul, or mind, or platonic love. Most of them are only in phy^hNu$9Au(XKPzXye4aIZBeuOi3ZSHC5oyNAdQ#q*8NRRw0Mhsical relationships,” she also reportedly said.
She warned against homosexuals entrapping teenagers and said the number of homosexuals was increasing by 21% a [email protected]%%&tktVR5W2DDxLrzapkbD)F+j5year.
She also voiced support for a South Korean law which bans gay sex for South Korean soldiers. Although two-year military service is mandatory in South Korea, gay sex is illegal for soldiers and can be punished by two yCF)[email protected]^1$acd_D&n-FdIij^Wnc+W&AlBYFUY$Id+KPHears in jail.
The comments come as the city of Busan was forced to cAckLCjBr$EYf3_uZ1eGFXtRIeY0(i&Oc#f8edEXNho5O8aGuNZancel this year’s pride parade.
Meanwhile, in the city of Incheon, a pride event went ahead amidmfIHrgpwuHqd%mAP5-WeR+*NVPpUk$oG%Jad!QHB=9$xrs2!aY a huge police presence. Some local media reported that anti-LGBT hecklers outnumbered the pride attendees.
Homosexuality is legal in South Korea. But conservative attitudes, especially amon[email protected]=ZPb9EM)3eFVrdh=c-(52+iQ8HfqzG(#!zU&8YW2M$g Christians, force many LGBTI Koreans to live in the closet.
A 2017 Korean Gallup Daily Opinion =P(soWeE1dn9h()^e)-ayB)EwXgTzA9h)lf5kJ$5%LOA%E1iq_poll reported 66% of 19-29 year-olds supported same-sex marriage, but 76% of those over 60 opposed it.
There is currently no discrimination legislation to protect LGBTI Koreans. Protests against LGBTI events, usually led by conservative Christians, have become incr%u%3fCqX2b1RFs0ym8903g1ziKMGbIFQ=E=oSZ%-wq1Doy-wpCeasingly loud and violent.
What’s more, South Korea has ignored calls from international rights groups to end its anti-gay law for soldierbhgOYqTr8FJNJ-lJZ7n$l4$xDj9=hO3a$r4A(bOvxjUXkb3Ym=s 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 5jn9Cz65XX)TAmKc8otD-Eo^c&k+QosXfyzokBp0khy#rOqk$le0 soldiers.