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Vivian Balakrishnan on Constitution and Penal Code Amendment Bills relating to Section 377A

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The debate on Section 377A has highlighted two paradoxical social imperatives, said Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. Speaking in Parliament on Monday (Nov 28), he said there is a need to protect the traditional family which is under considerable stress. But equally important is the duty to protect the gay community from victimisation, fear and rejection. He said the way forward is to continue to protect the precious and fragile institution of the traditional family and marriage, as well as remember that the welfare and rights of children are paramount. He believes that mutual respect and compassion will enable Singapore to hopefully find that "safe landing zone where we can protect our families and protect our gay brothers".   

The debate on Section 377A has highlighted two paradoxical social imperatives, said Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. Speaking in Parliament on Monday (Nov 28), he said there is a need to protect the traditional family which is under considerable stress. But equally important is the duty to protect the gay community from victimisation, fear and rejection. He said the way forward is to continue to protect the precious and fragile institution of the traditional family and marriage, as well as remember that the welfare and rights of children are paramount. He believes that mutual respect and compassion will enable Singapore to hopefully find that "safe landing zone where we can protect our families and protect our gay brothers".   

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