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'I believe this is the right thing to do': PM Lee on the repeal of Section 377A

SINGAPORE - Singapore will repeal Section 377A of the Penal Code, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Sunday (Aug 21), confirming months of speculation that the Government might move on the law criminalising gay sex which has been a lightning rod for polarisation. But he said the Government would continue to uphold and reinforce the importance of marriage between a man and a women through national policies, acknowledging that most Singaporeans would like to keep society that way. Explaining the rationale for repeal, he noted that there is a significant risk of law being struck down by judges in future legal challenges, and it would be unwise to ignore this and do nothing. Societal attitudes towards gay people have also "shifted appreciably" and it is timely to consider again whether sex between men in private should be a criminal offence, he added. "We need to find the right way to reconcile and accommodate both the traditional mores of our society, and the aspiration of gay Singaporeans to be respected and accepted," he said. أقرأ مع دي في