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Singapore high court upholds law that criminalizes sex between men

Singapore high court on Monday upheld a rarely-used law that criminalizes sex between men.

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

The High Court dismisses all three applications argued it was unconstitutional,” Judge See Kee Oon said in a summary of the case published by the court.

Legislation remains important in reflecting public sentiment and beliefs. Non-enforcement of the law against consensual male homosexual activity in private did not make it redundant.”

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

Bryan Choong, one of the three men who challenged the law, said he was disappointed by the ruling. “But my eyes are firmly on the road ahead,”.

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.

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