A law inherited from the British colonial era which bans gay sex in Singapore will remain in place, a court has decreed.
Introduced in 1938, the law states that homosexual acts can be punished by a maximum prison sentence of two years.
The second attempt in recent years to overturn the ban was led by a retired doctor, a DJ and an LGBT rights advocate.
Although the law exists, it is not enforced, but the court found that the legislation nonetheless ‘remains important in reflecting public sentiment and beliefs’.
However, LGBT rights advocates argue that the draconian nature of the law conflicts with Singapore’s modern and forward-looking culture. Others argue that the city-state remains conservative at heart and is not ready for change.
Speaking after the ruling, a lawyer for the complainants said:“It’s shocking to the conscience, and it is so arbitrary. It is so discriminatory, this legislation.”
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