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Monday, April 22, 2013

What is Section 377A?

A couple of weeks ago, presumably unknown to the majority of Singaporeans, the High Court rejected the petition to repeal Section 377A which criminalises sex between mutually consenting adult men.

While many would no doubt heave a sign of relief, especially those who belong to certain religious groups or those who are not quite comfortable with the thought of men getting close in public or in private, there would be others who feel that Singapore has lost a chance to move ahead with the times.

Personally, I don't see the repeal of Section 377A as a public endorsement of gay people or the rejection of religious beliefs.  To me, to repeal Section 377A is to celebrate love, and to acknowledge that people, no matter how different they are compared to the majority, has the equal right to love another human being.

There would be skeptical parents out there who would be thinking at this point, yeah right, what if his own son is gay... see what he would say then!  Actually, I have had this conversation with Mummy Cher before - if Aiden one day tells us that he is gay, the news will not be met with disdain.  As long as he is truly happy, it will suffice.  If there is any hesitation on our part, it will be because we know it will be difficult for him to be truly happy, with society (and legislation) judging his sexual orientation.

Perhaps our views could be due to the fact that we have many close gay friends, and with that, knowledge of the 'secret world' of gay relationships.  For those not in the know, I urge you to watch this video with an open mind and not view it as two gay men championing homosexuality, but rather, two people who speak of their love for each other, for a whopping 15 years.

That video touched me so much that I had to post about it.  It would be sad to see that a couple so solidly in love cannot do so freely partly due to a piece of legislation that the government and the courts are not brave enough to repeal.

I don't think my views above would persuade anyone to change their minds but perhaps this New Zealand member of parliament could, with a great sense of humour.  Enjoy!


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