Singapore says those ‘engaging in gay sex’ will not be prosecuted despite archaic law that bans it

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07/07/2022

Singapore will not prosecute citizens under its colonial-era law against consensual same-sex sexual relations, a local government official has claimed. During an interview on BBC’s “Hardtalk” on June 29, 2022, Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said, “People engaging in gay sex will not be prosecuted, even though there is this old piece of law which makes gay sex among males an offense.” Section 377A of Singapore’s penal code criminalizes acts of “gross indecency” between men, or the procurement or attempted procurement thereof, with a penalty of up to two years imprisonment. “The attorney general has confirmed that position and the Supreme Court has said that the government’s position is legal for us,” he added.

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