Singapore mulls ‘cancel culture’ legislation amid gay marriage debate

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09/15/2022

Singapore’s law minister says “cancel culture” rules may be included in legislation in the near future as the government looks to protect residents against online pressure over expressing views on topics including an ongoing debate on LGBTQ rights. The government is preparing to repeal a colonial-era law that criminalises sex between men while reinforcing a traditional definition of marriage between a man and woman, sparking fierce reactions online. “We should be encouraging people to be able to express their viewpoints on all sides as long as it’s not offensive and doesn’t descend to hate speech,” law minister K Shanmugam said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Haslinda Amin. “If we find the right solutions, yes, that should be something that we could see in legislation in the near future.”

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