George Clooney to maintain pressure on Brunei over anti-gay law
George Clooney has welcomed news that Brunei will not stone gay people to death, however the actor said he intends to maintain pressure on the small Asian country over its laws. Clooney made the comments after the Sultan of Brunei announced on Sunday (May 5) that the country would not subject gay people to the death penalty after global backlash to its new laws. The laws—which came into effect in early April—meant that gay men and those accused of adultery could be stoned to death as a part of Sharia law. Brunei faced global backlash for the laws. George Clooney led calls for a boycott of hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei, a move which was later endorsed by high-profile figures such as Ellen DeGeneres and Elton John. George Clooney said this might not be the end of Brunei’s anti-gay laws In a statement released today (May 7), Clooney said the decision was a “huge step forward after a giant leap backwards” and pointed out that—despite assurances from the Sultan of Brunei—the law is still in place. He also said the backlash to the laws sends “a very crucial message to countries like Indonesia and Malaysia that there is
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