Trio appealing against court’s ruling on Section 377A

Gay couple, another man want statute that criminalises sexual acts between men to be declared void in its entirety
Published: 4:03 AM, July 15, 2014
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In response, Senior Counsel Aedit Abdullah, who represented the Attorney-General, argued that Section 377A does not violate “in any way” the two articles in the Constitution and that its purpose of upholding public morality is a permitted purpose and remains valid.

He also said that whether the statute included female homosexuality was “immaterial” and that a contest between values is best deliberated in Parliament and not in a judicial setting.

Mr Lim and Mr Chee, who have been a couple for 17 years, had contended that Section 377A discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation, but had their challenge dismissed by the High Court last April. Mr Tan who was arrested for having oral sex with another man in a public toilet in 2010 is the first to challenge the statute. The three later decided to file their appeals together.

The hearing continues today.

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