Singapore to repeal law against sex between men.

from Market Design at on August 31, 2022 at 01:47PM

 The Guardian has the story:

Singapore to repeal law that criminalises sex between men. Scrapping of colonial-era section 377A law hailed as ‘a win for humanity’ by LGBTQ+ rights groups  by Rebecca Ratcliffe

"Singapore will repeal a colonial-era law that criminalises sex between men, a landmark decision described by LGBTQ+ groups as “a win for humanity”.

"In a national address on Sunday, the prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, said that scrapping section 377A of the penal code would bring the law into line with current social attitudes and “provide some relief to gay Singaporeans”.

"However, Lee added that the government did not want “wholesale changes in our society”, including changes to the legal definition of marriage.

“Even as we repeal 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,” he said.

"Section 377A, which was introduced under British colonial rule, criminalises “any act of gross indecency with another male person”. The law carries a sentence of up to two years in prison, though it is not believed to have been enforced for more than a decade."