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Singapore will decriminalize sex between men

Prime Minister announces legal changes, but not does endorse gay marriage

People attend Singapore's annual gay pride rally, Pink Dot.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE (Reuters) -- Singapore will decriminalize sex between men, the prime minister said on Sunday, adding that society in the city-state was becoming more accepting of gay people.

But he added the government had no intention of changing the city-state's legal definition of marriage - that is, between a man and a woman.

"I believe this is the right thing to do, and something that most Singaporeans will now accept," Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in the annual national day rally speech, adding the government will repeal Section 377A of the penal code, a colonial-era law that criminalizes sex between men.

"Even as we repeal Section 377A, we will uphold and safeguard the institution of marriage... Under the law, only marriages between one man and one woman are recognised in Singapore," Lee added.

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