SINGAPORE: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore said on Sunday (July 31) that if Section 377A – a law that criminalizes same-sex sex – is repealed, its concern is that marriage will remain between a man and a woman.
The Archdiocese’s statement was posted on its website in response to questions from the media about recent events regarding the safeguarding of marriage.
It comes after Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said on Saturday that the government was examining how it could protect the current legal stance on marriage from challenges in court, as it considered next steps. of Section 377A of the Penal Code.
Authorities have held extensive discussions with religious leaders, grassroots leaders, Singaporeans from all walks of life, as well as representatives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups on 377A, he said.
It also comes after a July 23 rally called the Protect Singapore Townhall, which called for the protection of families, marriages and children in relation to a possible repeal of Section 377A.
Police reports were written about the event, which was attended by 1,200 people, but authorities said no action would be taken against the organizers as the rally did not break any laws.