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Singapore's repeal of anti-gay law shows strength of its system

Political process has met challenge of accommodating divergent interests

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Attendees hold lights to deliver a message during the Pink Dot event in Hong Lim Park in June 2019: The repeal of Section 377A does not remove the contending groups' deepest disagreements.   © Getty Images

Eugene K.B. Tan is an associate professor of law at the Singapore Management University and previously served in the Singapore parliament as a presidentially appointed legislator.

How do we love a neighbor who does not share our values? This abiding question challenges Singaporeans who, with little fanfare, last month laid to rest a section of the nation's Penal Code that criminalized consensual sexual acts, even in private, between adult men.

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