Singaporeans Call for Decriminalisation of Gay Sex

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Eyeing a "window of opportunity" to have the nation's ban on gay sex repealed, activists in Singapore have launched an online petition that, as of this posting, had collected nearly 3,000 signatures.

SingaporeThe petition call for the government to repeal Section 377a ahead of a proposed debate on what the AP calls "the most extensive revision of the penal code in 23 years.":

"Under the proposed changes to be debated October 22, oral and anal sex between consenting heterosexual adults will no longer be considered an offense. But Section 377A, which deals with the same acts between men, will remain in force with a maximum penalty of two years in jail."

Petition organizers are optimistic about comments made earlier this year by Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew who suggested that the government should rake a new look at its approach to homosexuality given compounding evidence that it's genetic and not a choice.