Appeals of two Section 377A challenges will be heard together

The appeals of the two separate challenges against the Singapore law that criminalises sex between men will be heard together.

This, after 49-year-old Tan Eng Hong went to the Court of Appeal, asking for his appeal to be heard together with that of gay couple Gary Lim, 44, and Kenneth Chee, 37. The Court of Appeal on Thursday granted Mr Tan's application, saying that both appeals raise essentially the same issues of law.

Both Mr Tan and the couple argue that Section 377A is unconstitutional. Mr Tan was the first to file a challenge in 2010. But the couple's case was heard in the High Court first and dismissed first.

Thursday's decision means that Mr Lim and Mr Chee's appeal, originally scheduled to be heard on Oct 14, will be pushed to a later date.

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