Gay couple file challenge to Singapore law that criminalizes gay sex

  • metta

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    Nov 30, 2012 7:42 PM GMT
    Gay couple file challenge to Singapore law that criminalizes gay sex

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/gay-couple-file-challenge-to-singapore-law-that-criminalizes-gay-sex/2012/11/30/c851a35a-3ad8-11e2-9258-ac7c78d5c680_story.html
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    Nov 30, 2012 7:52 PM GMT
    Singapore has a lot of strange laws (especially regarding public behavior).

    Although how shitty for these men to get busted doing the deed in the toilet! icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 03, 2012 10:43 AM GMT
    According to Wikipedia, hundreds of people have been executed in Singapore for possessing drugs, including marijuana.

    The government has been murdering people and getting away with it for having done harmless non-violent crimes.
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    Dec 03, 2012 11:08 AM GMT
    nicodegallo saidSingapore has a lot of strange laws (especially regarding public behavior).
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    It's all part of their one-party government keeping the society in check. You can get fined for chewing gum outdoors, or drinking water on the trains, or not flushing the toilets in a public area, amongst other things. The police also has the rights to arrest you if you gather in an outdoors public area with more than five other people on suspicion of starting an illegal assembly, even if you are a foreigner.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 04, 2012 10:28 PM GMT
    Singapore is just too conservative and too fascist for its own good. The people of Singapore need some freedom for cryin out loud. Why don't those control freak politicians go and get a lifeicon_question.gif
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    Dec 04, 2012 11:23 PM GMT
    Although I have never lived there, one side of my family was from Singapore. At the time of its independence in 1963, Singapore's GDP per capita was US$511, while in the US, it was US$3232 . That's over 6x as much. While people died of malnourishment and developing world illnesses in Singapore, people in the US enjoyed a very high standard of living. A technocrat crafted Singapore over the next 50 years. In 2011, S'pore's GDP per capita was US$49, 270 vs $48,386 in the US; the Singapore economy continues to soar and the gap with the States will rise significantly more by 2050. People there do not die of poverty. Instead, they work, raise families, vacation and buy iPhones. This was only possible through very careful social engineering. No other country in the world has achieved such stellar growth in such a short period of time. Now that Singaporeans are much more educated, reforms are bound to occur. It's not possible to tell people what to do any longer, as it was in the past. It's the crazy laws that made this change in Singapore possible. People who never knew what it was like to live in a humble or meager life-style will always find this difficult to understand.
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    Dec 08, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    Longblack saidAlthough I have never lived there, one side of my family was from Singapore. At the time of its independence in 1963, Singapore's GDP per capita was US$511, while in the US, it was US$3232 . That's over 6x as much. While people died of malnourishment and developing world illnesses in Singapore, people in the US enjoyed a very high standard of living. A technocrat crafted Singapore over the next 50 years. In 2011, S'pore's GDP per capita was US$49, 270 vs $48,386 in the US; the Singapore economy continues to soar and the gap with the States will rise significantly more by 2050. People there do not die of poverty. Instead, they work, raise families, vacation and buy iPhones. This was only possible through very careful social engineering. No other country in the world has achieved such stellar growth in such a short period of time. Now that Singaporeans are much more educated, reforms are bound to occur. It's not possible to tell people what to do any longer, as it was in the past. It's the crazy laws that made this change in Singapore possible. People who never knew what it was like to live in a humble or meager life-style will always find this difficult to understand.
    But you really don't need those archiac, ridiculous laws to make the change that Singapore experienced over the past 40 years. One of the first things that should have been done in the early 60s was to give the people freedom while modernizing and developing that city-state. The government has no legitimate business in the private lives of the people. Singapore could had just as easily accomplished those economic miracles over the past 40 years without those idiotic, Victorian era sodomy and adultery laws.