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Debate Underway in Singapore Over Gay Sex Ban

Debate is underway in Singapore regarding Section 377a of the Penal Code, which criminalizes gay sex. Parliament is making the most extensive changes to the Code in over two decades and activists see a window of opportunity to have the discriminatory law changed.

SingaporeConservatives don't seem to be swayed by their arguments, however. Senior Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs, Ho Peng Kee, said that repealing Section 377a is not a message that the government wants to send: "While homosexuals have a place in society... repealing section 377A will be contentious and may send a wrong signal that the government is encouraging and endorsing the homosexual lifestyle as part of our mainstream way of life."

Organizers of a petition to repeal the ban were optimistic about comments made earlier this year by Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew who suggested that the government should rake a new look at its approach to homosexuality given compounding evidence that it's genetic and not a choice.

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  1. I think we're a little outnumbered, even in Singapore, to ever be part of the mainstream. If nothing else we're much more fabulous and much more funny!


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    Posted by: David B. | Oct 22, 2007 12:51:07 PM


  2. Y'all ever think that with the world's population at over 6 billion, the leaders of the worlds' nations would say, "Hell, let the homos do their thing. We don't need increased population growth." Now, I realize that the number of homosexuals has nothing to do with the birth rates, but hell, the idiots who lead these countries don't. I wish the fools who run countries in Africa and Eastern Europe could learn from the open-minded folks in Asia...or did I read too much into this story?

    I read that for the first time in recent history there are more young men in China and India than there are young women. What an investment gay bars in Bombay and Shanghai would be.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 22, 2007 12:59:55 PM


  3. I know,DERRICK. To think that the government of Rwanda just recently started looking into criminalizing homosexuality. Older laws were thus far pretty "neutral", but with the help of religious insitutions (of course), the law is being changed. Now, that's something Paris Hilton should talk to them about when she visists the African country...Among other things.

    Kudos to the Singaporeans though! They seem to have sane people in power. Kudos again!

    Posted by: Shabaka | Oct 22, 2007 2:15:44 PM


  4. Make that "institutions". Monday afternoon mode. Ha!

    Posted by: Shabaka | Oct 22, 2007 2:18:14 PM


  5. Paris Hilton in Africa? In Africa?

    Are you serious, SHABAKA? What the hell is she going to...maybe she's confused and just trying to find her way to the Laker's locker room.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 22, 2007 2:24:25 PM


  6. Ha! No yeah she is going to Rwanda (my native country actually). And she said she was kinda nervous about it. Andy posted something about it a while ago.

    Posted by: Shabaka | Oct 22, 2007 2:26:36 PM


  7. no i dont agree the ban. it deprive human rights.No idea if it will are in my area. whatever, I can find lastest news on gkiss.com/photo/wayland, the same about gay sex. we all disagree.

    Posted by: fabianlander | Oct 23, 2007 2:57:01 AM


  8. Singapore's Ann Coulter:

    "like an open mouth, an open mind must eventually close on something solid"

    http://theonlinecitizen.com/2007/10/23/377a-serves-public-morality-nmp-thio-li-ann/

    Posted by: Jin | Oct 23, 2007 6:18:17 AM


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