Singapore Announces Plans to Decriminalize Sex Between Men

BANGKOK — Singapore announced Sunday it will decriminalize sex between men by repealing a colonial-era law while protecting the city-state’s definition of marriage.

During his speech at the annual National Day Rally, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he believed it is the “right thing to do now” as most Singaporeans will now accept it.

“This will bring the law into line with current social models and I hope provide some relief to gay Singaporeans,” Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said during his speech at the annual National Day Rally.

He also stated that the government will amend the Constitution so there is no constitutional obstacle to permitting same-sex married.

“Even as we repeal Section 377A, we will uphold and safeguard the institution of marriage,” Lee said. “We have to amend the Constitution to protect it. This is what we are going to do. This will help us repeal Section 377A in a controlled and careful way.”

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