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The Singapore government has never clarified its policy regarding same-sex partners of foreigners working in Singapore. Anecdotal reports suggest a pattern of refusing to recognise such relationships and not granting Dependent’s Passes (which allow residency) to partners. Opposite-sex spouses are automatically granted such Passes if the expatriate’s salary is above a specified threshold. However, other […]

Mediacorp censors pro-gay speech, again

Once again, Singapore’s only free-to-air television broadcaster, Mediacorp, has censored a mention of equal rights for same-sex couples from a program. In the repeat telecast of the 2008 Academy Awards on the evening of Monday, 25 Feb 2008, Cynthia Wade’s thank you speech was snipped when, after winning the Oscar for Best Short Documentary for […]

Parliament refuses to repeal Section 377A

After a historic debate over Section 377A which makes “gross indecency” between 2 males a criminal offence, Parliament chose not to repeal this highly offensive and archaic law. However, Section 377 has been repealed as planned. See earlier note about the anomaly this creates. Nominated Member of Parliament Siew Kum Hong presented a Parliamentary Petition […]

The Singapore Parliament is scheduled to debate the proposed amendments to the Penal Code later this month. Among the amendments expected to be tabled is the repeal of Section 377 which currently states: Whosoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for […]

Minister of State for Education Lui Tuck Yew spoke about homosexuality in a rather confused manner that revealed a lack of reflection on the subject. He first implied that even if homosexuality was an inborn trait – a conclusion that he ultimately dismissed despite the bulk of scientific evidence – the state could still criminalise […]

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