Target: Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore
Goal: Eradicate the law that criminalizes sex between two consenting male adults.
No one should have to face violence or persecution just for loving another person. Recent discussion on anti-gay legislation in Africa has sparked an outpouring of support for the LGBTQ community in countries like Uganda, where homosexuality can be punished by death. But laws criminalizing gay sex acts appear all around the world. Thankfully, Singapore might just become the next country to repeal its outdated and unjust law against homosexuality.
A court case in Singapore is currently challenging Section 377A, the colonial era law that makes sex between men a crime. The country’s gay community recently mobilized to protest the law and to demand basic human rights. Unsurprisingly, Singapore’s Christian community has shown considerable backlash since the courts began to consider repealing the law. Church leaders, like Pastor Yang Tuck Yoong of Cornerstone Community Church, have come together to try to preserve the law at all costs. Yang recently made threatening statements on his congregation’s public Facebook page, calling the potential repeal of 377A the beginning of a “cultural war” and asserting that “we are unapologetically against the homosexual agenda.”
A recent petition calling for the preservation of 377A has gained momentum, drawing signatures from conservatives in Singapore and worldwide. It’s time to show the LGBTQ community of Singapore that they have allies around the globe, too. Sign the petition below to support the repeal of Singapore’s unjust anti-gay law.
Dear Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong,
For too long, Singapore’s gays and lesbians have lived in the face of fear and discrimination. Section 377A, which criminalizes sex between men, doesn’t just abolish the fundamental human right to love another person. It also encourages active persecution and hostility toward the LGBTQ community.
As you have seen, Singapore’s Christian community has reacted to the prospect of this law being repealed with hatred and disgust. Church leaders have dubbed the potential repeal a “looming threat” to the traditional family and declared “cultural war” on those who support legalizing homosexuality. But around the world, gay and lesbian men and women prove every day that their freedom to love only strengthens societies.
This colonial era law is hateful and anachronistic. I urge you to do the right thing for the people of Singapore and repeal Section 377A.
[Your Name Here]
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