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Singapore revokes law that punished homosexuality with two years in prison

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Singapore’s parliament on Tuesday (November 29th) revoked a law criminalizing sex between men, but at the same time amended the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. “Section 377A” of the Singapore Penal Code dates back to the days of British colonization and has long been criticized as discriminatory and stigmatizing the LGBTQ+ community.

The law that provided for a maximum sentence of two years in prison was no longer enforced in the Southeast Asian city-state.

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“A first step” against prejudice

This decision by the Singaporean Parliament follows several attempts to change the law. In February, a college of judges had decreed that the law kept a symbolic role but could no longer be applied effectively. Roy Tan, a doctor who was among the plaintiffs who challenged the law in court, hailed “the birth of a new chapter in the history of Singapore’s LGBT community”.

“With the repeal of this law, we can gradually dismantle all barriers to visibility and progress for queer citizens since there is no longer a reason for discriminatory treatment”he estimated.

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“I’m glad we finally got there”, observed Justin, a member of the LGBTQ+ community who only wanted to give his first name. With this “archaic law” who disappears, “It’s one less reason to hide who I am”he told AFP.

“But it’s just a first step in eliminating the social and religious prejudices that plague our community because of outdated beliefs and media censorship. »

A visible and mobilized LGBT community

Singapore is a major commercial and financial hub with state-of-the-art architecture but retains conservative social standards. However, it has a visible LBGTQ+ community, which has mobilized regularly, including “Pink Dot” rallies to defend its rights.

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Justice Minister K. Shanmugam indicated at the end of the debates in Parliament on Tuesday that the revocation of the law was “the right thing to do, because consensual sex between men can no longer be considered a crime”.

He had again noted the day before that this legislation was “a daily reminder” to homosexuals “whenever they engage in sexual acts in secret, in the privacy of their bedroom, they are nonetheless criminals”.

The Singaporean Parliament also amended the local Constitution on Tuesday to specify that a marriage could only be between a man and a woman, preventing same-sex couples from obtaining equality before marriage.

Same-sex marriage still banned

Social and Family Affairs Minister Masagos Zulkifli, whose administration proposed the constitutional amendment blocking same-sex unions, stressed that the traditional definition of family must remain the bedrock of society.

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“There are no plans to change this definition to include same-sex marriages”, he said on Tuesday. He warned that any celebration of a union between people of the same sex “was against the law”. But it is still possible that Parliament will change the definition of marriage in the future, he agreed.

Homosexuality remains banned in 69 countries, including 11 where it is punishable by death, according to a 2020 report by Ilga (International Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex People).

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