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Singapore's attempt to balance repeal of anti-gay law hurts all

Move to forbid judicial review would take away fundamental right

| Singapore
Participants at Pink Dot, an annual event organized in support of the LGBT community, gather in a formation to demand the repeal of Section 377A of Singapore's Penal Code, in June 2019.   © Reuters

Vincent Wijeysingha is a senior lecturer in social work and social policy at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand, and was previously a parliamentary candidate for the Singapore Democratic Party.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's announcement last month that the government would repeal a colonial-era law criminalizing sex between men while simultaneously strengthening the legal definition of marriage signals a further net shrinkage in the rights of all of the country's citizens, gay or straight.

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