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Singapore High Court dismisses challenge to anti-sodomy law

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  1. So, it’s referred back to parliament for them to make a decision? Let’s see if this former British colony will continue to impose the anti-gay judeo-christian laws introduced by their occupiers – or if they will have the wisdom and humanity to repeal them.

    1. I find you people really annoying; blaming the British government for these ancient laws being on the books and not the current government for keeping it.

      Also, the entire Chinese population of Singapore came about after the British made a settlement on the island of Singapura, and they are the majority race, not the natives, the Malays (most of who immigrated from surrounding islands and the Malay peninsular anyway). So please don’t call British occupiers, “Truth”.

      1. You’re right in some respects, it’s not widely understood that modern Singapore is a British creation, not really an “occupation”.

        However, that doesn’t excuse modern Singapore from clinging to ridiculously inappropriate laws imposed by the nation’s British creators.

        1. So long as ignorant liberal-minded people (sadly not an oxymoron) scapegoat the British Government, they can keep anti-gay laws on the book without getting lots of pressure or bad publicity for keeping it.

  2. GingerlyColors 2 Oct 2013, 5:44pm

    The fight is not over by any means. Lee Kuan Yew who was Prime Minister of Singapore between 1959 and 1990 and is called the ‘Father Of Singapore’ continues to have an influential role in the former colony after having built it up from a fishing village to a major commercial centre. He holds progressive views on LGBT rights in the country and supports decriminalization. I hope that he can step in where the High Court has failed and persuade Parliament to scrap this outdated colonial law.
    LGBT rights aside, Singapore is an amazing place where people of different races and religions live side by side with few problems. I visited in 1979 when I was 12 and was impressed by the diverse culture of the place. In those days LGBT rights were of course not an issue but nowadays it is time that gay people should be able to make a contribution to the rich tapestry that makes up Singaprean society without fear of discrimination.

    1. Your comment shows you know nothing about Singapore, or the LGBT issues that exist there.

      1. GingerlyColors 3 Oct 2013, 8:18am

        I have been to Singapore, you haven’t.

        1. Oh, you have been to Singapore that one time. You must be an expert on my country, please tell me more about my country which I evidently know nothing about. How was your 2 years serving in the NS, by the way?

          I am from Singapore, you have visited the epat areas and interacted with other expats and a minority of Singaporeans.

  3. The Bishop 3 Oct 2013, 3:50pm

    PN omitted to report that the cases are coming up for appeal, and that Lord Goldsmith QC, former Attorney General in the UK, had applied for permission to represent the defendants at the appeal, having recently argued a similar case in Belize. He was denied permission to represent them in court.

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