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International news brief: Singapore to decriminalize gay sex, but will limit change and more

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oi-Madhuri Adnal

| Published: Monday, August 22, 2022, 9:22 [IST]

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Washington, Aug 22: Singapore announced on Sunday it will decriminalise sex between men by repealing a colonial-era law while protecting the city-state's traditional norms and its definition of marriage.

During his speech at the annual National Day Rally, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he believed it is the "right thing to do now" as most Singaporeans will now accept it. "Private sexual behaviour between consenting adults does not raise any law and order issue. There is no justification to prosecute people for it nor to make it a crime,'' Lee said.

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"This will bring the law into line with current social mores and I hope provide some relief to gay Singaporeans." Lee vowed the repeal will be limited and not shake Singapore's traditional family and societal norms including how marriage is defined, what children are taught in schools, what is shown on television and general public conduct. He said the government will amend the constitution to ensure that there can be no constitutional challenge to allow same-sex marriage.

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Story first published: Monday, August 22, 2022, 9:22 [IST]

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