The governor of Bali called same-sex marriage a stain on the mainly Hindu island, after photos of a gay couple celebrating their union appeared on the internet.
“It should never happen in Bali, even more so involving Hinduism, because it’s strictly forbidden,” Governor Made Mangku Pastika was quoted as saying by the Merdeka.com news website.
“It’s a stain and it’s a taboo,” he said.
The controversy emerged after photos of an apparent ceremony involving a gay couple – one man appearing to be local and the other foreign – were posted on Facebook.
One of the photos shows what looks like a Hindu priest standing in front of the couple.
A friend of the couple’s family said it was “a reception held for family and friends and not a legal marriage ceremony.”