On Jan 25, 2016 Gay Star News reported: Sri Lanka has quashed moves to remove discrimination based on sexual orientation because it was afraid it would promote homosexuality.
At a cabinet meeting last week government ministers rejected a provision in the proposed National Human Rights Action Plan to remove discrimination based on sexual orientation.
‘There was a provision referring to the sexual orientation of individuals and we clearly said it was not acceptable,’ said Health Minister and government spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne.
‘The government is against homosexuality, but we will not prosecute anyone for practising it.’
Senaratne also said the country’s conservative Buddhist clergy opposed the provision and any changes to the law could create ‘social problems’.
According to reports ministers protested the proposed provision saying it was a ‘surreptitious attempt to recognise homosexuality’.