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Singapore keeps its ban on ‘grossly indecent act between males’

in SINGAPORE, 06/10/2013

Judge dismisses challenge to anti-gay law, saying prohibition based on moral issue.

Singapore’s court has struck another blow to gay rights, refusing for the second time in this year to strike down a colonial law that criminalizes sex between men.

The first Singaporean who had contested the law nearly three years ago, Tan Eng Hong, had his challenge to the constitutionality of Section 377A of the Penal Code dismissed by the high court, with the judge saying the law was based on “morality and social values”.

In his much-awaited judgment Wednesday, Justice Quentin Loh said it was the responsibility of parliament to make decisions on and surrounding controversial issues.

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