LGBT activist seeks court order for parliamentary Bill on repealing Section 377A

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12/03/2020

SINGAPORE – A lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights activist has applied to the High Court for a mandatory order for Cabinet to move a Bill in Parliament to abolish the law that criminalises sex between men. In another attempt to repeal Section 377A of the Penal Code, Dr Roy Tan Seng Kee, 62, argued that the Attorney-General’s position on the non-enforcement of Section 377A renders the law otiose, meaning it is useless and serves no practical purpose. The retired general practitioner said in a statement on Thursday (Dec 3) that Section 377A had become a “dead letter” – an obsolete law that has outlived its relevance – and its retention is unlawful, given the Government’s decision not to enforce it.

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