22 Aug '12, 6am

A constitutional challenge to Singapore's colonial era sodomy laws has been given the green light to proceed #LGBT

A constitutional challenge to Singapore's colonial era sodomy laws has been given the green light to proceed #LGBT

Singapore’s Court of Appeal has decided that a constitutional challenge to the country’s colonial era law banning sex between men can go ahead. In March, Singapore’s High Court dismissed the challenge, filed by Tan Eng Hong, a man who was caught having oral sex with another man in a public toilet. Both men were charged under Section 377A of the Singaporean Penal Code but after Tan launched the constitutional challenge to the law the Attorney General of Singapore withdrew the charge and substituted it with another - committing an obscene act in public. The High Court found that Tan had a legitimate interest in the issue as he was affected by the law, but that the case was not one of ‘real controversy’ as, since the Section 377A charge had been replaced with another, the matter had become ‘merely hypothetical.’ Appeal judges Andrew Phang, V K Rajah and Judith Prakesh found t...

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