A RESPONSE TO RETAIN SECTION 377A
While many cosmopolitan cities have prided themselves on their quick adaptation of popular views and culture, Singapore is a nation that remains unique in its strong preservation of family values – including its view on marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
It is our shared value that families form the fabric of Singapore’s society – the strength of our society lies within the strength of our families. Thus, constitutions and laws have been established to guard the sanctity of marriage and to build the family unit. For example, the government provides subsidized housing to encourage the starting of families.
We stand firm on the position that Section 377A should remain as part of the Penal Code of Singapore. When viewed in relation to Sections 375 through 377C, Section 377A serves a broader purpose of setting a moral position with regard to sexual activities and relationships, and in turn strengthen the social fabric of society.
A repeal of Section 377A on the basis of it being outdated and passé removes from consideration the reason for its genesis. The repeal of Section 377A is not without wider consequences, for it brings to question the legitimacy and morality of every act the Penal Code currently deems as an offense.
While our position may be viewed as ‘conservative’ or ‘outdated,’ the church remains committed to upholding and promoting traditional family values that are the building blocks of our nation.
Rev Dominic Yeo
Chairman, Alliance of the Pentecostal-Charismatic Churches of Singapore
General Superintendent, The Assemblies of God of Singapore