The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore stated on Sunday, July 31, that its primary concern, should Section 377A, a law that criminalizes gay sex, be repealed, is for marriage to continue to be between a man and a woman. This statement was made in response to a question about the Archdiocese’s position.
In response to questions from the media about recent happenings pertaining to the protection of marriage, the Archdiocese issued a statement, which was posted on its website.
This comes after Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said on Saturday that the Government is looking into how it can safeguard the current legal position on marriage against challenges in the courts. At the same time, it considers the next steps for Section 377A of the Penal Code. This comes after the Minister of Law, and Home Affairs said that the Government is looking into how it can safeguard the current legal position on marriage against challenges in the courts.
On the topic of 377A, the authorities have reportedly engaged in lengthy conversations with representatives of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) groups, as well as religious leaders, grassroots leaders, Singaporeans from all walks of life, and Singaporeans from all walks of life.
In addition, it follows a meeting on July 23 that was called the Protect Singapore Townhall. At that meeting, participants demanded that families, marriages, and children be safeguarded in the event that Section 377A was to be repealed.
Even though there were reports filed with the police about the event, which had 1,200 attendees, the authorities have stated that they would not take any action against the event’s organizers because the gathering did not violate any laws.
On Sunday, the Archdiocese stated that while the dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) groups should be respected, they should also respect the Church’s rights to maintain its position on marriage and that the family unit comprises a father, a mother, and their children. This statement was made in response to a question about whether or not LGBT groups should respect the Church’s rights to maintain its position.
“The fruitfulness of marriage also necessitates that marriage must be open to procreation,” it said.
“Should Section 377A of the Penal Code be repealed, our concern is for marriage between a man and a woman to remain the institution of nature that is safeguarded and even enshrined in the Constitution of the country as the natural structure of human society.”
The Archdiocese has stated that it agrees with the Government’s explicit definition of its stance on marriage, and they have given assurances that they are looking into ways to protect their existing position of the law, which stipulates that marriage must take place between a man and a woman.
“It is our hope that the safeguards on marriage and our freedom to proclaim and teach without fear or favor what we believe is recognized and maintained.”
The Archdiocese of Singapore also stated that the participants and organizers of the Protect Singapore Townhall are as follows: “individuals who have a right to speak up and defend marriage, so long as they are not denigrating others.”