Thursday, 16 April 2020 01:11

Singapore Court Refuses To Overturn Law Criminalizing Same-Sex Relationships

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I wish I had good news for LGBTQ rights, but I have a bad one, sadly.

Singapore has had a law since the British colonial era (1938) that criminalizes same-sex relationships with a maximum sentence of two years in prison.

A first attempt to abolish this law failed in 2014. Recently a new effort has been launched to overturn this discriminatory law again.

A DJ, a retired doctor, and an LGBTQ rights activist have filed a complaint with the Singapore court to have the law recognized as unconstitutional.

The Singapore High Court rejected their appeals.

While the law is rarely enforced, it exists and “remains important in reflecting public sentiment and beliefs,” the court explained in a summary of the ruling.

The judges found that the law does not violate the Constitution’s articles on equality and freedom of speech.

LGBTQ rights have been advancing in Asia and increasingly so in the last two to three years, but like in Hong Kong, Singapore judges have not followed suit. How disappointing...

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