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Singapore gays rally for counter opposition

Singapore's increasingly public gay community unites in the name of pride.


Singapore Gay Rights

SINGAPORE (AP) - Thousands of gay rights activists gathered in downtown Singapore on Saturday for an annual rally that came under unprecedented criticism from religious conservatives, with one influential Christian pastor calling on the government to ban the event.

Previous Pink Dot rallies have been held without much opposition. But as they grew in numbers from less than 3,000 people when the first event was held in 2009 to more than 20,000 last year, so did their disapproval. Organizers said a record 26,000 people showed up Saturday.

On paper, gay sex remains a criminal offence in the wealthy, multi-cultural city-state of 5.4 million, although authorities rarely enforce the British colonial-era legislation, known as Section 377A.

Lawrence Khong, the founder and pastor of the 10,000-member Faith Community Baptist Church, has been the most vocal critic of homosexuality and the Pink Dot rally.

In a statement, he said he could not understand why authorities were allowing the rally to take place.

"I find it even more disconcerting that the event is being used as a platform of public persuasion to push their alternative lifestyle," he said. "I would like to see our government leaders draw a clear line on where they now stand with regard to this moral issue."

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said he believed Singaporean society should be one "where you don't go pushing your own beliefs and preferences, but at the same time everyone else keeps the balance in society and avoids creating conflict."

Former lawmaker Siew Kum Hong, who tried to get Parliament to repeal Section 377A unsuccessfully, said he believed that the legislation will be overturned eventually.

"I've always maintained that the government's position is untenable. When presented with a chance to repeal 377A, it decided to avoid making a principled decision and instead opted to kick the can down the road."

Other opposition came from an Islamic teacher who encouraged Muslims to wear white Saturday on the eve of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, which was interpreted as a response to a Pink Dot video showing a Singaporean Muslim declaring his support for the LGBT community.

The LGBT supporters wore pink in the rally, whose highlights include large crowds standing together with pink torchlights at night, creating a spectacular aerial view.

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DANTHALER June 28 2014 at 10:51 AM

Gay people never bothered me. Now they annoy me with all of this sh__. What's the point, trying to piss people off? People who don't like you never will, and those, like myself, who never had problem, are beginning to wish you'd just shut up and live your life.

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Dan June 28 2014 at 10:45 AM

Please all go back into the closet. It's nothing to be proud of.

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Doug June 28 2014 at 11:58 AM

I believe everybody in the world is sick of this being shoved into our faces at every turn.

Just shut up and live.

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jcbstz June 28 2014 at 11:07 AM

The perverts reign for a day. How nice that the world has gone to such perversion. You are some SICK people

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delbartonmom2008 June 28 2014 at 10:46 AM

'Saluting' debauchery!!. The verse, "Pride goeth before a fall" never had such a prophetic fulfillment as we will soon see this come to pass for celebrating perversion.

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ladmer June 28 2014 at 10:44 AM

Gay people should thank their lucky stars that their parent were not gay!
People that think Abortions are OK should thank their lucky stars their parents did not think as they do!

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skitzlpk June 28 2014 at 11:09 AM

The LGBT movement is a complete lie. Here you have 26k people showing up as advocates in a city of 5.4 million which amounts to someone throwing something out their apartment in approval of a still controversial issue. They'd have us believe there's a clear cut majority in favor of gay rights when the entire movement has been based on the ultra small minority banning together to coerce business & government in getting their way. I give them credit for being solid within their cause but they use extreme measures to justify their end mean. In African nations alone, 70% of them have extreme punishment for being gay including the death penalty, Muslims & Christians make up 35% of the world population & their doctrines disallow gay behavior. So exactly where is this "majority" they speak of in support? They've simply maximized the best results from their minority numbers & continue to guilt the world into believing their status deserves equality. They need to go back into their closet..

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jcbstz June 28 2014 at 11:12 AM

AND you crazy liberals complain when Christians speak the truth. How's this for gays SHOVING their beliefs down our throats. You are a sick bunch. You are gay thumpers. Your perversions will catch up with you in time. Wait for it. Wait for it.

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ayyiyicaramba June 28 2014 at 11:10 AM

So...where are the photos of the thousands who participated in Gay Pride parade in Tehran, Iran?

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mandmjlrscvca June 28 2014 at 10:56 AM

They should ship all of them world wide to the Philippine Islands and let them have their own paradise, after neutering them so they go away. That way they no longer molest, sexually assault, hit on, approach or push their agenda on straight people and children.

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