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India’s legalization of same-sex intercourse between consenting adults was a relic of the British Empire, yet it is still in place in dozens of ex-colonies, including Singapore

India’s legalization of same-sex intercourse between consenting adults was a relic of the British Empire, yet it is still in place in dozens of ex-colonies, including SingaporeIndia’s legalization of same-sex intercourse between consenting adults was a relic of the British Empire, yet it is still in place in dozens of ex-colonies, including Singapore

Yesterday, I started receiving requests to join online petitions against the repeal of the section 377A penal code, along with an anti-LGBT video with propaganda information from (I am sure) well-meaning friends.

FACT: Section 377A is a British colonial-era law that “a man found to have committed an act of “gross indecency” with another man could be jailed for up to two years”. The law does not apply to homosexual acts between women.

It is propaganda to “inform” others that if there is no law against sex between mutually consenting adult men, even when it is done in private, then: same sex marriage will be legalised and religious leaders who refuse to marry them will be arrested by the police. THE ISSUE OF GAY MARRIAGE ISN’T EVEN ON THE TABLE HERE. And religious leaders are not required by law to marry anyone and therefore will not be arrested by the police for refusing to marry them.Singapore is a secular state. The neutrality of the secular state to the different religions, beliefs and cultures should protect all communities, especially minorities, from being suppressed by the majority religious community. No religion, directly or indirectly, should take over the national agenda.

The repeal of the section 377A penal code is literally about decriminalising sex between mutually consenting adult men in the privacy of their own space. Not about sex in public. Not about Singaporean heterosexuals having to “pay a price”. Not about Singaporean children being forcibly taught in schools that homosexuality is normal. Not about public toilets being changed from “Ladies” and “Gents” so “any man or woman can go to the toilet your child is in. And you won’t be able to stop them”. Not about it becoming a “crime” to say that homosexuality is wrong. Not even about homosexuality becoming normalised in Singapore.

Let it not be a CRIME, let no one be ARRESTED, let consensual private intimacy and love between ADULTS be legal.