28 Sep '11, 3pm

While we r repealing ISA in Malaysia, a Singaporean is trying to decriminalize gay sex

A LAWYER is challenging a law which criminalises gay sex, arguing that Section 377A violates the constitutional rights of homosexual men. It is Mr M. Ravi's third attempt after similar appeals before a High Court assistant registrar and Justice Lai Siu Chiu failed earlier this year. He is pegging his bid to a case he handled - that of Tan Eng Hong, 48, who was initially charged under 377A with performing fellatio on another man in a public toilet at CityLink Mall in March last year. When Mr Ravi filed a constitutional challenge then, the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) replaced the charge with one of committing an obscene act in public. Tan was convicted under that and fined $3,000, as was his partner, Chin Chee Shyong, 41. Tan was then unemployed, and Chin, an operations clerk. Yesterday, Mr Ravi asked the Court of Appeal to overturn Justice Lai's decision and allow the...

Full article: http://www.singaporelawwatch.sg/remweb/legal/ln2/rss/lega...

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