Tommy Koh, the country’s former UN ambassador, encourages our community to challenge the constitutionality of Article 377A. It criminalizes male-to-male relationships with up to two years in prison. The law doesn't apply to women. It's a bit special but it's like that in Singapore.
The previous court challenge took place in 2014 and unfortunately, it failed. A spokesman for PinkDot, an LGBT rights group in Singapore, said he was informed that it was not up to courts but to parliament to change a law.
Home Affairs and Law Minister Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam also mentioned the possibility of repealing the law without taking action.
Ipsos conducted a survey in late July - early August with people between 15 and 65 to find out what they think about the criminalization of homosexuality in Singapore.
By a slight majority (55%), Singaporeans support the law while 12% oppose it, and 33% was neither for nor against it.
“Singapore… on this issue, it is a deeply split society. The majority oppose to any change to section 377A—they are opposed to removing it,” Shanmugam said according to Channel NewsAsia. “A minority—I have to say, a growing minority—want it to be repealed. The government is in the middle.”
Ok, the government is in the middle, but the question is: what is the government planning to do?
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