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Section 377A doesn’t make sense, politically, logically and morally

by Shiro I think most people have beat this point into the ground by this point - but the idea of Section 377A doesn't make any sense. Politically, 377A is only avidly advocated for by religious groups. There is no major active non-religious group against its repeal, which technically means that 377A isn't defending any major opinion - it's defending …

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Current Attorney-General responds to former A-Gs regarding Public Prosecutor’s scope of exercising own discretion in prosecuting cases under Section 377A

In a press release yesterday (2 Oct), the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) have responded to the comments of two former Attorneys-General, highlighting that the former A-Gs' statements might convey an "inaccurate impression" that the Public Prosecutor’s (PP) capacity to apply discretion "has been removed or restricted" in respect of the s.377A of the Penal Code. Professor Walter Woon and Mr V.K. …

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It’s only a matter of time before 377A is repealed, says Ready4Repeal authors

At a private town hall discussion on 30th September, members of the ‘Ready4Repeal’ movement said that Singapore’s anti-gay law will be repealed in due course. The question is when, not if. The petition which was authored by filmmaker Glen Goei and legal trainee Johannes Hadi called for the removal of Section 377A of the penal code which criminalises sex between …

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“Activism does not go against Lasallian values; it is central to it”: St Joseph Institution alumni

In a submission to TOC, an alumnus of St Joseph Institution (SJI) has expressed his disappointment towards the anti-activism stance held by the current heads of his alma mater, and their subsequent silence regarding the matter. The alumnus wrote that "many alumni of the school were in shock, and there have been intense debates on closed Facebook groups" regarding Vice-Principal …

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Irregularities cited in “Keep 377A” petition signees by reader, asks what Govt is doing to protect SG’s secular democracy from religious groups

In a submission to TOC, a reader has raised his concerns regarding the dubiousness of a particular petition that calls for the retention of Section 377A in the Penal Code – a piece of legislation that criminalises sexual relations between two male adults – which has been a hotly debated subject of late. The reader raised several "serious issues" regarding "this …

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Bert & Ernie of Sesame Street are actually gay and in love

In an exclusive interview by reporter David Reddish on Queerty, writer and creator of Sesame Streets’ Bert & Ernie, Mark Saltzman revealed that the iconic puppet duo are in fact modelled on his relationship with his life partner the late Arnold Glassman – the two were partners for over 20 years before Glassman’s passing in 2003. In the interview, Saltzman …

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Churches want 377A to remain in order to preserve the sanctity of marriage

Unsurprisingly, churches in Singapore have come out on the side of keeping Section 377A of the Penal Code. That law is in line with their religious beliefs and values after all. In a statement recently, the National Council of Churches in Singapore (NCCS) voiced their opposition to the petition to repeal Section 377A. The statement said that the Council, which …

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