Singapore will abolish the criminalization of homosexuality

Singapore will abolish the criminalization of homosexuality

Asian city-state will abolish homophobic Law legacy of colonial period but no egalitarian marriage

Law 377A -a legacy of the colonial period and held even after independence in 1966- will finally be abolished. A Law that criminalized same-sex relationships. Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made the announcement.

”The government will repeal the Act and decriminalize sex between men. I believe this is the right thing to do and something that most Singaporeans will now accept.”

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Despite the abolition of the controversial Homophobic Law, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong himself wanted to emphasize his government’s support for same-sex marriage. A clear closure to the legalization of same-sex marriage. 

Still the Prime Minister of Singapore: ”I have noticed that gays are now better accepted and the scrapping of 377A would bring the country’s Laws in line with current social mores and, I hope, provide some relief to gay Singaporeans.”

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Movements supporting LGBTQ+ civil rights enthusiastically welcomed the government’s decision on the abolition of Law 377A, calling it a ”hard-won victory and a triumph of love over fear.”

This could be the first step toward greater attention to the civil rights of Singapore’s entire LGBTQ+ community. And maybe a future government may decide to legalize same-sex marriage.

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