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Singapore gay sex law ‘absurd’: couple’s lawyers in repeal case

in SINGAPORE, 17/02/2013

An application to repeal the part of Singapore law criminalising male gay sex was heard in the High Court Thursday morning.

The case to repeal section 377A of the Penal Code on the basis of a constitutional breach was filed by graphic designers Gary Lim, 44, and Kenneth Chee, 38, who are in a 15-year relationship. The section criminalises acts of “gross indecency” between two consenting men, with a jail term of up to two years.

In a closed-door hearing, the couple’s lawyers – Peter Low, Choo Zheng Xi and Indulekshmi Rajeswari – argued  before Justice Quentin Loh that the law was  “absurd, arbitrary and unreasonable” as it violated Article 12 of the Singapore constitution which states that all persons are entitled to equal protection by law. Read the full story.

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