ADDED ON: 09/21/2018

Don’t Scrap Law Penalising Gay Sex, Warns Singapore’s Archbishop

09/19/2018 | IOL

A colonial-era law that criminalizes consensual sex between men should not be repealed in the “present circumstances,” said Singapore’s archbishop late Tuesday. The statement sees William Goh wade into a firestorm of a debate that has seen supporters and opponents taking stronger and stronger stands about gay rights in the city-state. Under Section 377A of Singapore’s Penal Code, a man found to have committed an act of “gross indecency” with another man can be jailed for up to two years. Goh said he would not object to a repeal “if it were merely aimed at removing all potential criminal penalties against homosexuals.” But he said he worried such a move would only be the first step. He said there must be “no further demands… to legalize same-sex unions, same-sex adoption of babies, surrogacy, or to criminalize those who do not support the homosexual lifestyle.”

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