Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the country will repeal a colonial-era law criminalising gay sex, though he maintained that the government will continue to “uphold” marriage as between a man and a woman.



  • Inherited from the British colonial era, Section 377A of Singapore’s penal code penalises sex between men with up to two years in jail.
  • Gay rights campaigners have long said the law runs afoul of the affluent city-state’s increasingly modern and vibrant culture, and had mounted two unsuccessful legal challenges.
  • However, the repeal of the Section 377A stops short of full marriage equality.