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Sylvia Lim on Constitution and Penal Code Amendment Bills relating to Section 377A

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The proposed new Article 156 in the Constitution, meant to protect the institution of marriage and related laws and policies, is a “quid pro quo” for the repeal of Section 377A, said MP Sylvia Lim. She said she understood its purpose, but questioned whether two sub-sections, on legislative power and executive authority, added anything to the current position. She also said the new Bill seeks to exclude the courts from reviewing the constitutionality of laws and policies concerning marriage and expressed concern about whether this could set a precedent for more future “carve-outs”. Ms Lim spoke in Parliament on Monday (Nov 28).

The proposed new Article 156 in the Constitution, meant to protect the institution of marriage and related laws and policies, is a “quid pro quo” for the repeal of Section 377A, said MP Sylvia Lim. She said she understood its purpose, but questioned whether two sub-sections, on legislative power and executive authority, added anything to the current position. She also said the new Bill seeks to exclude the courts from reviewing the constitutionality of laws and policies concerning marriage and expressed concern about whether this could set a precedent for more future “carve-outs”. Ms Lim spoke in Parliament on Monday (Nov 28).

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