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Gay Couple’s Lawyer: 377A Enacted When Social Norms Were Different

A law forbidding any man from committing an act of gross indecency with another in private or in public, enacted in 1938, was meant to deal with the problem of male prostitution at the time. It was not meant to criminalise consensual sexual conduct between two men, argued Senior Counsel Deborah Barker on the second day of a joint appeal by three men for the court to declare void Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalises sexual acts between men.

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