Asian nation decriminalizes gay sex


Singapore has also added legal protection to its definition of marriage as being between one man, one woman

Singapore has repealed a controversial colonial-era law banning same-sex sexual relations, but will not abandon its strong conservative values, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told state television on Sunday at the National Day rally in Singapore. the city-state.

I believe this is the right thing to do and something most Singaporeans would accept“, he said, adding that he hopes the move will providesome relief to gay Singaporeans.

The PM also promised, however, that Singapore will “protect the definition of marriage from constitutional challenge in the courts.

We believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman, that children should be raised within these families, that the traditional family should be the cornerstone of society,” he said.

Section 377A of the penal code had previously threatened the men with two years in prison if caught in “any act of gross indecencyessentially referring to any homosexual act. Although it hasn’t been enforced for decades and only applies to men, the ban – similar to laws found in other former British colonies in South Asia – remains a source of stress for gay Singaporeans and the bottom-up mobile business types trying to win over the multinationals. open offices there.

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Singapore’s phasing out of official retaliation for gay sex actually played against activists seeking to overturn the law earlier this year, when the city-state’s top court ruled that since it n There was no enforcement, no one’s constitutional rights were violated if he remained on the books.

Lee did not announce a date for the repeal. Despite his confidence thatmost Singaporeans” would accept the news, 44% of Singaporeans surveyed by Ipsos in June still supported the ban, although this figure fell from 55% in 2018.

There has also been considerable resistance to the normalization of homosexuality among some of the religious groups that inhabit Singapore, including Muslims, Catholics and Protestants. However, religious leaders remained neutral on this latest decision.

The Prime Minister urgedall groups” at “exercise restraint», insisting «it is the only way to move forward together as a nation.

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