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Singapore's High Court Dismisses Bid to Overturn Criminalizing Gay Sex

Tuesday, 31 March 2020 16:24 WIB Global

Asia’s LGBTQ+ community suffered a setback Monday after Singapore’s high court dismissed multiple challenges to overturn a colonial law criminalizing gay sex. Though polls have shown most Singaporeans do not accept homosexuality, there is widespread tolerance in the country. But conservatives pushed back, campaigning vigorously for Section 377A to remain. Though rarely enforced, 377A bans men from any act of gross indecency with another male. It is punishable by up to two years in prison.  Efforts to overturn the law and prove it is unconstitutional were led by a retired doctor, a LGBTQ+ rights advocate and a DJ. But even after Singapore’s high court heard from all three, it ruled...

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