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8 Feb 2018

Singapore Defends Itself After Intl Criticism Over Gay Adoption Ruling

An article in The Economist spurs a debate over Singapore’s treatment of non-traditional families.

Singapore’s envoy to the UK stood by the country’s social norms after criticism in the British media. 

Straits Times reported that the city-state’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Foo Chi Hsia pointed out that her country’s values “differ from today’s Western norms” after The Economist published a January article describing Singapore’s definition of the family as “Victorian.” 

The article was spurred by the case of a gay Singaporean man who fathered a child through surrogacy in the US, but was not allowed to adopt his son under Singaporean law. The four-year-old remains an American citizen, and because of the ruling, not yet eligible for Singaporean citizenship. 

“The Economist may think Singapore is quaint and old-fashioned, but time will tell if a cautious approach to social change is wiser,” Foo Chi Hsia said, according to Straits Times.


Reader's Comments

1. 2018-02-08 20:52  
Time will show them to be wrong
2. 2018-02-08 21:45  
Governments have no business dictating morals. A government's job is to protect the people it serves, not persecute them. The argument that non-traditional activities are harmful to the public is BS. There is no crime if there is no victim.
3. 2018-02-09 02:58  
GoodbyeMrA and capitan have hit the nail on the head with their comments! So True!!!!
4. 2018-02-09 16:32  
And no one else finds US$200,000 disgusting?
5. 2018-02-10 07:24  
For a place that is suppose to be worldly shame on you to have such a narrow minded view of the world and remember many LGBT people in your country ,just keep burrowing your head in the sand :( :(
6. 2018-02-11 20:54  
Nothing in Stinkers is newsworthy. It might as well be North Korea, for all I care - the press and media are all state controlled and newspapers are good for only one thing : cleaning up dog poo. Truly exciting breakthroughs are happening in the free world and we should be celebrating those events instead of wasting time on rubbish.
Comment edited on 2018-02-11 22:10:46
7. 2018-03-17 05:22  
It i laughable that they no thing about the history of Chinese culture.
"Passions of the Cut Sleeve,The Male Homosexual Tradition in China", Bret Hinsch

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