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Singapore lifts gay sex ban but limits prospect of marriage equality

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Singapore’s parliament repealed a colonial-era law that criminalised sex between men in a groundbreaking change. The legislation was introduced during British colonial rule of the country, with punishment being up to two years imprisonment – though this has not been actively enforced in recent years.

Activists in the country have criticised the law as encouraging discrimination and a culture of shame around gay relationships.

There have been a number of failed attempts to repeal it previously. A gay Singaporean man told the Guardian, it was “one less reason for me to hide my true self, because of some archaic law.

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