8.6 C
New York
Thursday, August 5, 2021
Home World News Singapore LGBT activists go to country's top court to overturn gay sex...

Singapore LGBT activists go to country’s top court to overturn gay sex ban


Singaporean gay activists have turned to the country’s highest court to overturn a colonial-era ban on sex between men, a lawyer said on Wednesday, after they failed in a legal challenge this week.

Singapore’s High Court on Monday rejected petitions from three gay men who challenged the law, which punishes same-sex acts between men. Offenders can be jailed for up to two years under the legislation, which is rarely invoked.

The court upheld the law — known as Section 377A — on grounds it remained important to reflect public beliefs, but two of the three activists have now filed an appeal to the nation’s highest court.

“The Court of Appeal will be the final arbiter of the case,” lawyer Johannes Hadi told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone, adding he expected the appeal to be heard by early next year.

Similar attempts to overturn the ban in socially-conservative Singapore, a former British colony, failed in 2014.

Retired doctor calls law ‘unjust and archaic’

The three gay men — a disc jockey, a retired doctor and an LGBT rights activist — launched separate legal challenges last year after India decriminalized gay sex in 2018.

“This needs to go to appeal,” said Johnson Ong, the DJ. “The fact remains that Section 377A continues to inflict harm on LGBT+ Singaporeans every day that it remains in force.”

The retired doctor, Roy Tan, said he was disappointed the court reaffirmed a law that was “unjust and archaic.”

“The statute discriminates against a significant demographic that contributes in no small measure to the country’s economy,” said Tan.

Singapore has emerged as a modern nation since independence six decades ago, but socially it remains conservative, partly due to sensitivities stemming from religious groups among its population of 5.6 million.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has previously said that society in Singapore “is not that liberal on these matters,” although recent opinion polls suggested there was growing acceptance.



Source link

Today news
Today News 1 runs four of the western GTA’s most influential media websites, offering news, food, lifestyle and entertainment coverage for millions to the Golden Horseshoe and GTA regions. The independently-run, online news source was founded in 2019 and specializes in everything from breaking news to food and restaurant, arts and entertainment and lifestyle coverage.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Rihanna is now a billionaire, but not because of her music

Superstar Rihanna's net worth is now estimated at $1.7 billion US, Forbes magazine said on Wednesday, making her the richest female musician in the world. But...

Grammys commit to more hiring diversity for 2022 show

The Grammy Awards will adopt an inclusion rider that will require producers to recruit and hire more diverse candidates backstage and in front...

Monty Python’s John Cleese looking for a place to stay in Huntsville, Ont.

Someone with a cottage or home in Huntsville, Ont., could potentially host a famous tenant. British actor and comedian John Cleese tweeted on Monday...

TIFF 2021: Oscar Peterson documentary, Cannes-winning Titane added to lineup

Cannes-winning horror sensation Titane and a documentary on the late Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson are among the titles added to the Toronto International...

Recent Comments