Singapore Archbishop says gay sex ban should remain

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This photograph taken on February 14, 2017 shows Archbishop William Goh Seng Chye (2nd L) performing Rite of Dedication at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Good Shepherd 120th anniversary in Singapore. Singapore's oldest Roman Catholic church was built by Father Jean-Marie Beurel in 1847 and underwent extensive restoration and redevelopment works from 2013 to 2016. / AFP / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Archbishop William Goh published the pastoral letter on the website of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore on September 18th, as the Singaporean Catholics asked him whether it is possible to legalize gay sex in the country as it was recently done in England.A petition calling on Singapore to keep the country’s similar provision gathered 65,000 signatures, but the Archbishop insisted it would not happen, even though he, as he said, sympathized to LGBT Christians in general, he stands for them being treated with love, dignity and respect. “On the other hand, I share the anxieties and fears of those who subscribe to the traditional and scriptural views of marriage and family, that repealing S377A would lead the country down a slippery slope,” he, however, writes, “It would only embolden the push to legalize same-sex unions, adoption of babies by same-sex couples, surrogacy, and even the criminalization of those who hold contrary views of marriage and who oppose same-sex unions” .

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