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Religious groups say marriage between man, woman should be safeguarded; LGBTQ group says 'no immediate plans' to challenge it

Religious groups say marriage between man, woman should be safeguarded; LGBTQ group says 'no immediate plans' to challenge it
Religious groups have said that marriage between a man and a woman should be safeguarded as an institution if Section 377A is repealed, while a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) rights group said that "there are no immediate plans to mount legal challenges to redefine marriage".

These came after Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said on Saturday (July 30) that in reviewing Section 377A of the Penal Code, the Government is considering how to safeguard "the current legal position on marriage" from being challenged in the courts. 

In response to TODAY’s queries regarding Mr Shanmugam’s comments, the Archbishop's Communications Office at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore said it is assured that the Government is looking at safeguarding its current position of the law. 

The office said that should Section 377A be repealed, its concern is for marriage between a man and a woman to “remain the institution of nature that is safeguarded and even enshrined in the Constitution of the country as the natural structure of human society”. 

The office also said that it respects the dignity of LGBTQ persons and that such people should also “respect our rights to maintain our position on marriage and that the family unit comprises a father, mother and their children”. 

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