My views on the law in Section 377A for gays

Recently the law, or to be more specific, Section 377A of the law in Singapore, has been thrust into the spot-light. Mr Miyagi also wrote a post about Section 377A which I think is quite interesting and deserves a read. There is even a web-site to collect names and contact information to petition the government.

I didn’t want to comment about S377A at first, and my stand on 377A is that its a rather redundant law, but that there is no need to take it down. I saw a forum article written by a citizen and this is how it goes. Its quoted from the Straits Times.

Removing Section 377A threatens family unit
I SUPPORT the retention of Section 377A of the Penal Code – a law criminalising gay sex – to uphold our moral and family values.

The petition by Nominated MP Siew Kum Hong does not serve the interests of Singapore as a whole but only of one small sector.

In fact, the removal of this law will lead to the disintegration of our social fabric, the family unit, which the Government has been establishing pro-actively.

I believe that strong families will lead to a strong nation.

I fully support the Government in keeping Section 377A. Gross indecencies must be penalised.

For the survival of our nation and the welfare of the future generation, the petition by NMP Siew should be ignored.

Lim Poh Suan (Ms)

I have differing views though. In what way does taking down section 377A not uphold our moral and family values? The police does not actively prosecute gay couples who have sex. Gay couples are having sex, whether the law is there or not. They just do it in the privacy of their own bedrooms, and moral and family values will not be tainted unless they start actively recruiting people to join them. I believe that it is their individual right to decide on their choices, and in this instance, they have not compromised on our moral and family values.

I do not see how resolving this law paves the way for the disintegration of our social fabric, the family unit. I believe this is a gross exaggeration. Doing away with this law will not make gays come out and have sex on our mrts or buses. I repeat, the gays are already making love with their own partners. Is doing away with such a law promoting homosexuals? Are perfectly normal human beings going to turn gay because of this? Is the law preventing normal human beings from turning gay? I beg to differ.

Whilst I cannot conclude that gayism is something that exists the moment a person is born, I can concur that gayism does not appear overnight. The female loving bunch of us will continue to love females and not start to love males simply because the law is taken down. Besides, the police are not even prosecuting. The law is kind of redundant in a way.

The part on strong families will lead to a strong nation is redundant. Why? There is no argument in the writer’s point of view that states why gays will lead to less strong families, and hence the nation. Are we still putting on a bias attitude towards gays? Gays may like males, but they may not be sissies. They can be active, contributing Singaporeans and they can also be part of our defence team should anyone invade us.

The writer continues to say that gross indecencies must be penalized, but she fails to acknowledge that such “indecencies” have not been penalized and most probably will not. In fact, it is hard to proof that gays are having sex, unless you catch them red handedly, or they admit. A condom with sperm may mean that he was just jerking off.

“For the survival of our nation and the welfare of the future generation, the petition by NMP Siew should be ignored.” This sentence makes me wonder, will the survival of our nation be compromised? Will our welfare or our future generation’s welfare be compromised? Will there be danger? Unless the writer can sufficiently prove beyond reasonable doubt that it can materialize, it is unfair to reach such a conclusion.

We have to really think about this carefully. Will the removal of section 377A promote homosexuality?

I feel that, as long as the homosexual population do not come out and loudly proclaim their homosexuality and go around encouraging everyone to become homosexuals, then it should be all right. Most of us are uncomfortable with signs of homosexuality, thus they should not disturb the “peace” that we all have now. As long as the above conditions are met, homosexuals can have as much sex as they like and I won’t care.

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