DPM: We must compromise over law on sex between men


The island-state is seeking a compromise in its review of a colonial-era law banning sex between men, as the rule is a marker for important values society cares about, said deputy prime minister Lawrence Wong.

“In Singapore, there are many segments who feel that it’s not just about the law, but the law is a marker for other things, ... society, societal values, about family, about marriage,” said Wong on Monday.

Singaporean authorities have signalled that a review of the rule, known as Section 377A of the Penal Code, which has not been actively enforced for over a decade, will not legalise gay marriage.

While polls have indicated more support for decriminalisation, some religious groups have been vocal in wanting to safeguard the current legal position that marriage is only between a man and a woman.

Wong said that while the government was aware that views on the law has “evolved,” they are a separate matter from views around “family and marriage,” which people feel strongly about, and officials are considering how to move forward without causing “deeper divisions in our society”.

When asked about assurances for foreigners working in the country facing difficulties obtaining visas for same-sex partners, Wong said authorities have seen some feedback from them and “have been able to deal with some of that on a case-by-case basis”. — Bloomberg

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