Singapore to decriminalize homosexuality

Singapore to decriminalize homosexuality

Homosexuality will no longer be punished with imprisonment of up to two years in Singapore, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has announced.

“Despite being a largely conservative society, gay people are now more accepted in Singapore, especially among younger people,” he said. The homosexual community has been fighting for decriminalization for two years.

In June, thousands of people called for better recognition of gay rights in the country, after the Supreme Court in February upheld the article criminalizing homosexuality, although “it was not proactively enforced.”

Despite the Government’s progress, only marriage between men and women will continue to be recognized, which will be protected as such in the Constitution.

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