We will soon repeal the law that criminalizes sexual relations between people of the same sex, but we will preserve the institution of marriage – Hoy 24

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced Sunday that his country would soon repeal a colonial-era law that criminalized same-sex sexual relations, but stressed that the government would continue to “support” the idea that marriage It is the union between a man and a woman.

“The government will repeal (the law) and will no longer consider sex between men a crime,” he said in a speech. I think it’s the right thing to do and something that Singaporeans will now accept.”

“Therefore, even with the abolition of section 377A, we will continue to support and preserve the institution of marriage,” he added, noting that Singapore’s law “only recognizes marriage between a man and a woman.”

The government official warned that treatment of homosexuals has changed since the government decided to uphold the law 15 years ago, noting that homosexuals “are becoming more accepted” locally, especially among young Singaporeans.

He explained that repealing the law “would bring the law generally in line with current social norms, and hopefully this will bring some relief to gay Singaporeans.”

Section 377A of the Singapore Penal Code, inherited from British colonial times, criminalizes sexual relations between men, with prison sentences of up to two years.

Gay rights advocates have long complained that the law is out of step with Singapore’s modern and vibrant cultural scene.

However, the abolition of Section 377A does not mean that full equality of persons in marriage has been achieved in Singapore.

Singapore’s prime minister stressed that the latter is aware that “the majority of Singaporeans do not want the annulment to radically change our social mores in all areas,” including the way marriage is defined and discussed in schools. .