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Gerald Giam on Constitution and Penal Code Amendment Bills relating to Section 377A

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LGBT issues are sensitive issues, just like race and religion, and people should not be forced to accept one view or another with the risk of being labelled as bigoted or immoral. Making that point in Parliament on Monday (Nov 28), MP Gerald Giam called for a balanced discussion on different viewpoints, to open up spaces for people to hold different views at work, in schools and even within families. He outlined the diverse and often opposing positions on repealing Section 377A that he had heard from his constituents. However, he noted that there was some agreement on both sides - that 377A bears significant symbolic weight and that repealing it will likely open the door to many more challenges to prevailing social norms. Mr Giam said he himself believed that retaining 377A without enforcing it provides the best balance of the conflicting interests in Singapore society.

LGBT issues are sensitive issues, just like race and religion, and people should not be forced to accept one view or another with the risk of being labelled as bigoted or immoral. Making that point in Parliament on Monday (Nov 28), MP Gerald Giam called for a balanced discussion on different viewpoints, to open up spaces for people to hold different views at work, in schools and even within families. He outlined the diverse and often opposing positions on repealing Section 377A that he had heard from his constituents. However, he noted that there was some agreement on both sides - that 377A bears significant symbolic weight and that repealing it will likely open the door to many more challenges to prevailing social norms. Mr Giam said he himself believed that retaining 377A without enforcing it provides the best balance of the conflicting interests in Singapore society.

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