Singapore court upholds law criminalizing gay s*ex

A pre-colonial law which ciriminalizes gay sex has been upheld by a Singaporean high court on Monday March 30, 2020.

Singapore court upholds law that criminalizing gay s_ex lailasnews

The law which does not apply to lesbians was challenged by activists emboldened after India’s decision to scrap similar legislation in 2018.

Two lawyers who represented three men: Johnson Ong Ming, a disc jockey, Roy Tan Seng Kee, a retired general practitioner and Bryan Choong Chee Hoong, the former executive director of LGBT+ non-profit organization Oogachaga, argued that Section 377A, a rarely implemented law under which a man found to have committed an act of “gross indecency” with another man could be imprisoned for up to two years, is unconstitutional.

However Judge See Kee Oon who presided over the case, dismissed the three applications.

Reacting to the judgement, Bryan Choong stated that he was disappointed by the ruling. He further disclosed that his eyes are firmly on the road ahead.

The judgement came after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong revealed that the society in Singapore “is not that liberal on these matters”.

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