It’s no secret that the millions of foreigners who visit Indonesia or retire to Bali fall in love with the country, but many also find love with local citizens.While those in the throes of passionate love may think ‘love is all you need,’ the reality of partnering up with a local man or woman is much different.While homosexuality is not strictly illegal, such as in Singapore and Malaysia, the province of Banda Aceh has recently sentenced two young gay men to public caning and a series of raids across the country has seen hundreds of men arrested.Phelim Kine, Deputy Asia Division Director of Human Rights Watch, noted that Banda Aceh has been gradually adopting Sharia-inspired ordinances which criminalize same-sex relations, leading to the recent verdict.I was walking with a buddy, named Tim, that I often went down on lately.We were walking to a liquor store to grab some brews and blunt wraps, puffing on a blunt on the way.Same sex marriage is not recognised by Indonesian law.
Expats and foreigners who marry local partners should also keep in mind that Indonesian social norms require couples to hold wedding receptions and pre-ceremony photo sessions in addition to the ceremony itself.
All marriages in Indonesia are overseen by Indonesian law via the Ministry of Religion and all couples are required to submit all necessary documents.
While Indonesia does not have strict regulations on wedding venues, many Muslim couples prefer to have their ceremonies conducted at the Office of Religious Affairs.
Prenuptial agreements which decide what happens should the marriage dissolve are a necessary step for protection of assets.
Expats should also keep in mind Indonesian law currently does not allow foreigners to own freehold property.