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Singapore MPs to Debate Bill Repealing Ban on Sex Between Men

  • Parliament will discuss repeal of colonial-era Section 377A
  • Proposed rules prevent legal challenge to marriage definition

Singaporean lawmakers are set to debate proposals on Monday that repeal a longstanding legal ban on sex between men and ensure only parliament has the right to define marriage that is currently that between a man and a woman. 

The government in moving to finally strike the controversial law from its books is seeking to control a divisive issue in Singapore’s multicultural society through a balance between members of the LGBTQ community advocating for greater acceptance and the conservative groups pushing back. The repeal may also help the city-state attract top foreign talent at a time it wants to bolster its status as a regional financial hub.