While it;s a step forward for the U.S., advocates say it doesn;t go far enough #8212; especially during a global health emergency. "Right now, everything should be on the table, " said Helen Kennedy, executive director at LGBTQ2 advocacy organization Egale Canada.
I think we are open No matter your sexual orientation, you re welcome to come work in Singapore 377A remains on our legislation and it will for some time, but it has not inhibited people from living here, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Smart Nation Summit held on 26 June 2019 (Gorey 2019).In 2007, Singapore repealed a law that criminalised consensual sex against the order of nature with any man, woman or animals (Ling 2010). While the move was intended to decriminalise forms of heterosexual sex, it also decriminalised queer sex. The government, however, retained Section 377A of the Penal Code that criminalises sex between men, under grounds that Singapore was mostly a conservative society and the majority of its people still found homosexual behaviour unacceptable (Ling 2010). Singapore s judiciary has retained 377A and rejected claims of its unconstitutionality (Tan Eng Hong v Attorney General 2012; Lim Meng Suang v Attorney General 2015). Voices in favour and against the criminalisation of homosexuality in Singapore are strident. This heated debate led to an uncommon yet ambivalent pronouncement by Prime Minister Loong, who argued that while Section 377A will be retained, it will not be enforced (Straits Times 2007).
Three gay men challenged the law;s constitutionality following India;s victory in legalizing same sex intercourse in September 2018.The High Court reasoned that it was bound by the Court of Appeal ''s 2014 decision that Section 377A was constitutional and did not infringe on citizens ' rights.
Justice See Kee Oon, who made the judgment in chambers yesterday, said the decision by the Court of Appeal in 2014, involving gay couple Lim Meng Suang and Kenneth Chee, remains binding."I am unable to agree that there are cogent reasons for a Singapore court to be able to depart from binding decisions of the highest court in the land," said Justice See in a 105 page written judgment released to the media yesterday.
The high court in Singapore has upheld a law criminalising gay sex and dismissed three appeals arguing that the law was unconstitutional.Prosecutions under the colonial era law, 377A, are rare, but activists have been trying to overturn it for years now, with a previous failed attempt occurring in 2014.
Justice See Kee Oon, who made the judgment in chambers on Monday (March 30), said the decision by the Court of Appeal in 2014, involving gay couple Mr Lim Meng Suang and Mr Kenneth Chee, remains binding."I am unable to agree that there are cogent reasons for a Singapore court to be able to depart from binding decisions of the highest court in the land," said Justice See in a 105 page written judgment released to the media on Monday.
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