South Korea's Constitutional Court on March 31 upheld the army's ban on gay sex, saying it is not "unnecessarily discriminatory" and helps maintain order.
Violators of the ban can be imprisoned for up to two years.
"This is a great disappointment to everyone who has fought against the clause for years and a terrible disgrace to the nation's legal system and society at large," said the Chingusai Korean Gay Men's Human Rights Group. "Furthermore, it renders the situation even more dangerous for gay soldiers because, due to the continuing tension between North Korea and South Korea, military service is mandatory for all able-bodied men."
Gay sex is not illegal in civilian life in South Korea.
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