Singapore diplomat urges repeal of ‘antiquated’ gay sex law

SINGAPORE — One of Singapore’s most influential diplomats called Tuesday for the repeal of a law criminalizing sex between men, saying it was time for the modern city-state to abandon the “antiquated” legislation. The Indian Supreme Court’s decision earlier this month to decriminalize homosexual sex has sparked fresh debate in Singapore, and a new legal challenge has been lodged against the city’s anti-gay sex law. Sex between men remains illegal in Singapore under “Section 377A” of the penal code, inherited from the British colonial era, although it is rarely enforced. Tommy Koh, a veteran diplomat and former ambassador to the United Nations and the US, wrote in a column …

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