377A Still Considered Unconstitutional

We have heard that Mr. M Ravi has been challenging Section 377A. He represented his client, Tan Eng Hong and filed an appeal against Section 377A of the Penal Code, which, we all know, criminalises gay sex. A media release from Mr. Ravi’s office had this to say:

“This judgement comes as a huge shock to us, as statute 377A is particularly aimed at criminalizing gay men, whilst female homosexuals are treated differently under the law simply because our society disapproves of one group over another. This unequal treatment in the law is based on hatred for hatred’s sake and discrimination for discrimination’s sake and nothing else.”

This is pretty much a longer way of saying that this is unfair and unconstitutional. According to the release, this judgement will be read by human rights activists and constitutional scholars, who will determine if Parliament will pass laws that marginalise these parties further.

So Much For Progress

While we applaud Mr. M Ravi for doing his best, it seems like the court is not convinced with the appeal. The judges don’t realise that this gets in the way of progress—homosexuals are people too, and what they do in their private lives is not the business of the court.

So What Now?

This is a setback for the LGBTQ community and Singapore at large, but there’s so much more we can do. In recent years, events like Pink Dot and Indignation have done so much for the country. It’s time we join them. Instead of watching and waiting, we should alert more people about the issue and band together fight alongside them. Gay people and the whole LGBTQ community deserve basic rights, and it’s time the court realised that.

With references to The Online Citizen
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