Lebanon Shura Council suspends decision to ban LGBT+ events

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Lebanon’s highest administrative court, the State Shura Council, has suspended the implementation of a decision earlier this year to ban LGBT+ gatherings in the country. Interior Minister Bassam al-Mawlawi, a Sunni Muslim, had instructed the Internal Security Forces to “immediately take necessary measures to prevent any type of celebration, meeting or gathering” by the LGBT+ community in June. His decision came in response to pressure from religious institutions, particularly the country’s highest Sunni Muslim authority, Dar al-Fatwa. The move sparked widespread anger and condemnation from man…

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