Why this petition matters
Keeping things simple, it is time to repeal Section 377A of the Penal Code.
Let’s make this a repeal based on justice and equality, the core tenets of our Singaporean psyche.
Update 2: 11th Sep 2018
Let's keep the conversations and feedback civil. We are here championing equality, let's do treat each other as equals.
Update 1: 10th Sep 2018
An email has been sent out to the decision makers.
To: Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Mr K Shanmugam, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, the Prime Minister's Office and Reach Gov.SG.
I send you this email representing the growing number of signatories in the below-mentioned petition. We have currently just crossed 10,000 signatories.
This is a petition against unjust discrimination and a movement for a truly inclusive and diverse Singapore, not a divisive and intolerant one.
We believe that it is time to repeal Section 377A of the Penal Code and that this repeal would be based on justice and equality, the core tenets of our Singaporean psyche.
We would like to add that the majority view must never be used as the standard to decide on minority rights and issues. For if it were so, it would be tyrannical. The minority will always be trampled by the majority simply because they are the minority.
In addition, there is increasing sentiment that Section 377A should be repealed, even among those who oppose gay marriage.
There is a difference between criminal laws and religious norms. Criminal laws should not be kept around to give force to religious and moral views, if it were so, then adultery should be criminalised. There needs be a distinction between private morality and public morality.
There is currently a disparity and dissonance in the way different mutually consenting adults are being treated when it comes to Section 377A.
The criminal law is supposed to protect the liberties of the minority and not be a tool that persecutes them.
The Singapore Government on many occasions has demonstrated the resilience and integrity of the government to do the right thing even if it was an unpopular decision, this instant matter should not be any different.
Please also take into account the views and comments of the signatories found below at:
Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.
- The Singapore Government
- The Prime Minister’s Office
- Mr K ShanmugamMinister for Law, Ministry of Law
- Mr Lee Hsien LoongThe Prime Minister, PMO
- Mr Tan Chuan-JinSpeaker of Parliament, Parliament of Singapore