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Singapore’s parliament on Tuesday decriminalized sex between men, butIn a major blow to the LGBT community, he also amended the constitution in order to stop court challenges that could have resulted in the legalization in other countries. of same-sex marriage.

These moves are also part of other parts of Asia, including Thailand, India, and Taiwan, recognizes more rights for lesbians. gayThe LGBT (lesbian, gay, and bisexual) community.

Activists celebrated the repeal but The amendment to the constitution was criticized because it makes it impossible for citizens to bring legal challenges to issues such as the definition. of marriageThe executive and legislature will decide on policies related to family, health, and other issues.

The government has said that amending the constitution should be supported and that the courts should not make such decisions. Any changes to the legal definition as it stands now have been ruled out by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and his successor. of marriage As being between a man or a woman.

“We will try and maintain a balance…to uphold a stable society with traditional, heterosexual family values, but with space for homosexuals to live their lives and contribute to society,” K. Shanmugam, Minister of Home Affairs, made this statement in parliament last week.

Both the repeal and the constitutional amendment were passed with an overwhelming majority, thanks to the ruling People’s Action Party’s dominance in parliament. The new laws will not take effect until a specific date has been set.

These changes, however, allow for the expansion of the definition by a future parliament of marriage To include the same-sex relationships.

Bryan Choong, chair of Oogachaga, an LGBTQ advocacy group, stated that it was a historic moment for activists who had been campaigning for repeal. of The law, known as Section 377A, is valid for 15 years. He added that LGBT couples, and families, also qualify for the Section 377A law. “have the right to be recognized and protected.”

In SingaporeRecent years have seen attitudes towards LGBT issues shift to a more liberal perspective, particularly among young people, but conservative attitudes still remain among religious groups. About 42% of those between the ages of 18 and 25 accepted the same-agreement.sex marriage According to an Institute survey, 2018 saw a rise of 17% compared to five years ago. of Policy Studies.