Most People in Singapore Vote to Keep Anti-gay Law

A recently conducted survey of 1000 citizens of Singapore has shown that most people in the country desire to keep its anti-gay law Section 377A, even if there is a possibility of it not being enforced.

At the moment it is illegal to be gay in Singapore, and individual who are discovered to be gay could be in jail for up to two years.

The survey which was conducted by blackbox research found out that 42% of the respondents said they either agreed or strongly agreed with the statement: “Singapore should keep Section 377A even if it is not enforced. Do you agree?”

Only 19% of the respondents said they do not agree with the statement, with another 40% of respondents stating that they feel neutral about the question.

According to reports by Yahoo, both females and males were in equal when they responded, with about 41% of males in favor of keeping the law compared to 42% of females.

When it came to the removal of the law, only 17% of females were in favour while 21% of men supported that it be removed.

38% of males had a neutral response on the issue and 41% of females were also neutral.

As expected, young people young people between the ages of 15 to 24 expressed their support for the overrunning of the anti-gay law more than people of the older generation. However, more young people were still in favor of keeping the law as 28% wanted it to be kept while 27%bored for it to be overturned.

48% of respondents above 50 years of age voted that the law be kept compared to the little 15% that would like it to be overturned.

In October 2014, the supreme Court of Singapore upheld the country’s ban on homosexual activities stating that same sex activities do not violate the nation’s constitution.

Responding to an inquiry in the wake of India’s ruling, Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam who is the minister for home affairs and law said:  “If you look at the issue, it is a deeply split society. The majority are opposed to any change to Section 377A. They are opposed to removing it. Can you impose viewpoints on a majority when [the issue is] so closely related to social value systems?

He added: “I think society has got to decide which direction it wants to go. And the laws will have to keep pace with changes in society and how society sees these issues.”

In 2017, the Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong told BBC’s HARDtalk that: “My personal view is that if I don’t have a problem — this is an uneasy compromise — I’m prepared to live with it until social attitudes change.”