[YOUR LETTERS] GAY SEX LAW SECTION 377A REMOVED, SO WHAT’S NEXT?

Dear A.S.S editor,

Singaporeans should have a proper discussion on the implications of the repeal of Section 377A, a law which discriminates against homosexual males. Recently we see that the gay couple has a lot of support from the community (gay community, i presume), as evidenced by the funds they’ve received in such a short time, which enables them to file their case of repealing S377A with the higher Courts.

New Zealand recently allowed gay marriages and the liberals will be using that to argue their case. Personally, I do not agree that Singapore should follow what the liberals and western system advocates. Whatever it works for western countries may not work in Singapore. The westerners think their system is superior and they tend to encourage other nations to adopt their system. One good example is the recent “liberation” of Myanmar, the liberation of Myanmar follows the U.S standard. I always asked myself why can’t the westerners follow the China system or Japanese system instead?

What if 377A is repealed? What difference is it going to make to Singaporeans’ lives? Probably not much. If you want to have sex, you will still have sex in the privacy of your own room. But I think we will be seeing more public display of affection between gay men. I think I am okay with that. My nephew in primary school has asked me why the male Bangladeshi workers holding their hands in public. He told me only girls hold hands when they go to the toilet. I told my nephew that that Bangladeshis are very brotherly and that is their culture. I don’t know what I am going to say to him if he saw 2 guys holding hands or kissing.

Naturally, after the successful repeal of 377A, I think the liberals will lobby for gay marriages. It is going to be a big overhaul of our laws: Woman’s charter, Muslim Marriage Act and Inheritance Act as I remember these laws specifically use the word “woman”. I am sure the word “spouse” has to be re-defined. Male-gay couples have no problems with adopting children as there is a loophole in the adoption system in Singapore which allows a single male to adopt children as long as the adopter passes the minimum age requirement.

How is the gay-couple going to enroll their children in public schools? MOE will have to overhaul their forms to remove the terms “father” and “mother”. In other words, the terms “father” and “mother” may even be seen as discriminatory.

What about TV drama and media? Is there going to be an overhaul and reflect 2 guys holding hands, “paktor-ing”? I meant, if you only show male-and-female couple, it is discriminatory to the gay couples!

Ashley

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