Australia: Indonesia dismisses suggestion relations with Australia could be affected if same-sex marriage legalised

Indonesia's foreign ministry has dismissed the suggestion relations with Australia could be affected if same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia. Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has said Asian countries could see Australia as "decadent" if same-sex marriage was legalised. And Senator Eric Abetz suggested that if Asian countries did not accept same-sex marriage then Australia should not either, pointing to the often-repeated phrase that for Australia this was the Asian century.

Spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said the issue was one for the Australian Government as it was an issue of Australian law: "As I understand it, is a national legislation, national rules and legislation ... and it has nothing to do with ... our national law."

He said Indonesia's law on marriage would stay the same. In addition to not allowing same-sex marriage, Indonesia doesn't allow people from different religions to marry, though some are attempting to challenge that law. Read More