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Singapore Repeals Gay Sex Ban, But Dampens Marriage Equality Hopes

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Singapore repealed a law that banned gay sex on Tuesday. However, the country’s parliament also took a jab at LGBTQ+ rights by amending the constitution that would prevent certain court challenges to the country's ban on same-sex marriage.LGBTQ+ activists were heartened by the repeal of the gay sex, according to Reuters.But the amendment also passed blocks legal action against certain definitions like that of marriage, family, etc.

Those policies, the news wire reports, will now be left to the executive and legislative branches of its government. Both the repeal of the gay sex law and the constitutional amendment were passed by wide margins, mainly because the country's ruling party has a large majority in parliament.Changes to the definition of marriage can still be changed via parliament.

The current government is unlikely to change it though.The two pieces of legislation did not indicate when the new laws would go into effect.

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