Genghis Khan had banned homosexuality

Beijing, Aug 30 | Updated: Aug 31 2007, 05:07am hrs
Chinese researchers have republished the code of laws proclaimed by the legendary Mongolian warrior Genghis Khan, which is probably the world's earliest that banned homosexuality.

"Genghis Khan's Code" contains Chinese and English versions of the code as well as interpretations of the laws based on research findings. In article 48 of what is believed to be the world's first constitution, Genghis Khan banned homosexuality, saying "men committed sodomy shall be put to death," the experts said.

Experts at the Inner Mongolia's research institute of ancient Mongolian laws and sociology spent 14 months to compile the code. They say this was because Khan wanted to expand the Mongolian population, which was around 1.5 million, compared with 100 million rivals of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) that dominated today's central China.