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March 30, 2020, 10:54 AM CDT

A gay rights rally, Pink Dot, is in held in Singapore annuallyA bid to overturn a law that criminalises gay sex in Singapore has been dismissed by a court, dealing a blow to the city state’s LGBT movement.

The high court rejected appeals by three gay men who had argued the colonial-era law was unconstitutional.

The presiding judge said the law was "important in reflecting public sentiment and beliefs" in Singapore.

Under Section 377A, men found guilty of homosexual acts in public or private can be jailed for up to two years.

Speaking outside court, a lawyer for one of the complainants, M Ravi, said he was “very disappointed” by the ruling.

"It's shocking to the conscience and it is so arbitrary,” he said.

The legal challenges were the latest attempts to repeal Section 377A, after an effort by a gay couple in 2014 was rejected by the Court of Appeal.


But the LGBT rights movement in Singapore regained momentum after India’s decision to scrap similar legislation in 2018 renewed hopes for reform.

Singapore's authorities rarely enforce Section 377A, first introduced in 1938 by British colonial rulers.

But Singapore’s leaders, including its current prime minister, have refused to remove it, saying it reflects the conservative mores of the city state’s society.

In Monday’s judgement, the court echoed that sentiment, saying non-enforcement of the law against consensual gay sex in private did not render it redundant.

The court concluded the law was constitutional because it did not violate articles regarding equality and freedom of speech.

The latest attempt to overturn the law was spearheaded by three people: a retired doctor, a DJ and an LGBT rights advocate.

One of the men told Reuters news agency he was disappointed by the ruling, adding “my eyes are firmly on the road ahead”.

Currently 70 countries criminalise same-sex relations.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/singapore-gay-sex-ban-court-155418247.html
 

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Besides seeing the effects "liberalization of sexual mores" has had on the USA and Western European countries, the people of Singapore are reluctant to help create a "special class of mentally ill" they will have to suffer and patronize later and forever..

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"Not so hard to understand, really. The majority in their country don't want that to be legalized. At least their judges were smart enough to recognize that fact, unlike here in the good old USA where the majority of people in states voted against same-sex marriage, even in California, but our judges overruled the majority and made the law themselves".


"well at least there is a country that makes some sense in the whole issue. in California in 2008 we voted against it but of course the immoral judges & politicians went against the peoples will & struck that down."


"Presently, I volunteer at an AIDS clinic in a major metropolitan city. This, AIDS clinic is located in one of the largest gay communities in the US. As you probably are aware of, most of the patients/clients are gay men between the age of 16 and 42. Sometimes I think it is a miracle that any gay men makes it out their twenties, unscathed from the promiscuous behaviors they participate in , along with their high levels of depression, mental illness, substance abuse, suicide and deadly STD acquisitions. The AIDS clinic has a psychiatric division which tries to help the patients with their multitude of mental health issues, but sadly, in many cases, it is too little to late. Most of the clinical psychologists on staff as volunteers, like myself, lament at the lack of early intervention which would in many cases would have save many lives, and the exorbitant high cost of health care that burdens our already overtaxed healthcare system."
 
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