Singapore: Lawsuit Challenges Anti Gay Law

Written by scott on March 9th, 2013

Two cases working their ways through the Singapore court system deal with the country’s law against gays. Dot429 reports:

M. Ravi is arguing against Attorney General Aedit Abdullah in the highest court in the country that the law against gays, known as s377a, is unconstitutional. M. Ravi’s case is based on two principles within the Singaporean Constitution: that no person shall be deprived of “personal liberty before the law” and “all people are equal before the law and are entitled to equal protection.” The Attorney General’s case however, rests on the ‘public morality’ clause in the constitution that argues that because the majority of Singaporeans view gay people as being “immoral,” laws to suppress homosexuality are therefore constitutional.

The judge is set to rule on both cases sometime in the next several weeks.

 

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