Singapore to decriminalise gay sex but entrench inequality


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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong tonight announced on live television that Singapore will repeal 377a, the law that bans gay sex.

Despite the renowned conservatism of the small South-East Asian powerhouse, the reform attracted increasing support in recent years. Surveys consistently show increasing support for LGBT rights in Singapore.

Previously, the Singaporean government talked of keeping the law but not enforcing it. But the attempt to appease everyone pleased no one.

Tonight, Prime Minister Lee said he believed most Singaporeans will accept a repeal of the law.

“I believe this is the right thing to do, and something that most Singaporeans will accept.”

The Prime Minister also said he hoped scrapping the law would ‘bring some relief to gay Singaporeans’.

However, Lee went on to say the government would also strengthen the definition of marriage.

“Even as we repeal Section 377A, we will uphold and safeguard the institution of marriage…

“Under the law, only marriages between one man and one woman are recognised in Singapore.”

Activists in Singapore elated, disappointed, and determined

The decision left LGBTQIA+ Singaporeans torn. On social media, they expressed joy at the repeal of 377a but also sorrow over the government’s lack of commitment to equality. However, they also expressed a determination to persevere.

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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2 Comments

  1. Paul
    22 August 2022
    Reply

    Long Overdue!

  2. Angela
    25 August 2022
    Reply

    I Think They Should Have Equal Rights In Singapore Same Sex Couples Should Be Allowed To Get Married Love Is Love And It’s Should Be All Countries Should Allow Full Equal Rights I’m In Love With My Girlfriend And I’m Going To Marry Her I’m In This Fight In The United States And I Stand With My Fellow LGBTQ Communities Around The World Let’s Unite And Fight This Together We Are Stronger Together ‍️‍‍

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