Law that criminalises sex between men

The debate over 377A: Why repeal v remain is a hot issue in Singapore

The Penal Code's Section 377A, which criminalises sex between men, is in the spotlight again. Insight examines why the issue continues to stir up strong debate between opposing camps.

Participants at the Pink Dot event in June 2016. The rally, which supports the LGBT cause, has gained traction over the years and marked its 10th anniversary in July this year.
Participants at the Pink Dot event in June 2016. The rally, which supports the LGBT cause, has gained traction over the years and marked its 10th anniversary in July this year.ST FILE PHOTO

Keep or repeal Section 377A of the Penal Code? This debate has been reignited in Singapore after a similar colonial-era ban on gay sex in India was struck down.

The issue came to the fore when Ambassador-at-large Tommy Koh, in a Facebook comment on a post by National University of Singapore law school dean Simon Chesterman earlier this month, suggested that Singapore's gay community bring a class action to challenge the constitutionality of Section 377A.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 16, 2018, with the headline 'Why repeal v remain is a hot issue in Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe