377A: Singapore To End Ban On Gay Sex

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Singapore will repeal a law that bans gay sex, effectively making it legal to be homosexual in the city-state.

The decision, announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on national TV, comes after years of fierce debate.

LGBT activists in Singapore have hailed the move as “a win for humanity”.

The city-state is known for its conservative values, but in recent years an increasing number of people have called for the colonial-era 377A law to be abolished.

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Singapore is the latest place in Asia to move on LGBT rights, after India, Taiwan and Thailand.

The government’s previous stance was to keep 377A – which bans sex between men – but it also promised not to enforce the law in an effort to appease both sides.

But on Sunday night, Mr Lee said they would abolish the law as he believed “this is the right thing to do, and something that most Singaporeans will accept”.

He noted that “gay people are now better accepted” and scrapping 377A would bring the country’s laws in line with “current social mores, and I hope, provide some relief to gay Singaporeans”.

“We finally did it, and we’re ecstatic that this discriminatory, antiquated law is finally going to be off the books. There’s a sense that maybe it took a little too long, but it had to happen, you know. Today we are very, very happy,” gay activist Johnson Ong told the BBC.

A coalition of LGBT rights groups called it a “hard-won victory and a triumph of love over fear”, adding it was the first step towards full equality.

But they also expressed concern over another announcement Mr Lee made in the same speech.

He had said the government would ensure better legal protection for the definition of marriage as one between a man and a woman. This would effectively make it harder for gay marriage to be legalised.

He said Singapore remains a traditional society with many keen on maintaining family and social norms.

LGBT activists called this “disappointing” and warned that it would only further entrench discrimination in society.

SOURCE: BBC News

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10 COMMENTS

  1. We don’t necessarily have to agree to gay relationships or marriages but we ought to respect people’s decisions. We are in the 21 century, and what was once taboo is now normality. I am a heterosexual being and would never deviate but I will never spew hate about those who decide to indulge. And when the time comes for St. Lucia to legalize gay marriage I will respect it.

    • Fire burn. rastaman don’t forward such acts. It wrong and common sense would tell you that. Putting aside sexual preferences or religion. If all women turn lesbian and all men turn gay. What going to happen to us? exactly. and don’t even think of arguing the sperm banks point that is kinda ridiculous to think it will be our new designated way or reproducing.

  2. Lets use our math brains here. If x is a substitute to any number and y is a substitute to any number. Then the following is as such:
    3x + 4y=20 what are the POSSIBLE values for x and y?
    If x = gay and sodomy and
    Y= rape and child pedofilia
    If you substitute pedofilia instead of the gay agenda WOUND’NT THE RAPIST AND PEDOS want the same rights as the LGBTQ’S+ P? What a fallen world we now live in! The spirit of confusion and Chaos comes before the Anti christ. A world of Ho’s and homo’s!!!! Oh Lord help us all when judgement comes!!!

    • It is sadly the case because that’s the agenda. To destroy the traditional ways and doom us for the near future to come. Godspeed to our nation and may we not follow in these footsteps.

  3. never see a set of people that excited to rub and bull so smh and you telling me thats a win for humanity? which Humanity?

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