Human rights groups slam Singapore gay ruling

Court rejects challenges to 'indecency' law

(ANSA) - Rome, October 30 - Human rights groups on Thursday slammed a Singapore court's ruling that a law banning gay sex is Constitutional.
    The Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected two legal challenges arguing that the law, Section 377A, infringes on gay citizens' rights.
    Under Section 377A, men who engage in "gross indecency" privately or publicly can be jailed for up to two years.
    Singapore, which largely remains conservative, has seen intense debate in recent years over gay rights. Human Rights Watch called the decision "a major setback for equal rights", adding that it "tramples upon basic rights to privacy, equality and non-discrimination".


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