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Prime Minister wants to change anti-gay laws in Singapore but won't - interview

01 March 2017

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will wait until society changes its views before changing laws banning gay sex. He was recently pressed on his personal views regarding 377A of Singapore’s Penal Code. The code outlaws any acts of ‘gross indecency’ between two men. Those convicted could face up to two years in jail.

On BBC HARDtalk journalist Stephen Sackur asked Lee about his position on 377A in an interview:

‘If any of your children or grandchildren were gay, would that change your perspective? Would you then think that it was unacceptable for consenting adults to be criminalised for in this way?’ Sackur asked.

‘I think that it is a law which is there — if I remove it, I will not remove the problem because if you look at what has happened in the West, and in Britain, you decriminalised it in the 1960s, your attitudes have changed a long way but even now gay marriage is contentious,’ Lee said.

See: Gay Star News, Prime Minister wants to change gay laws in Singapore but won't, 1 March 2017

 

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