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Singapore's founding leadel Lee I{uan Yerv has questioned the cirr-state's ban on gay se\, saving the government should not be the moral police on the issue, a ne\r-spaper reported Nlondat..

"If in fact it is true, and I have asked doctors this, tl-rat \.ou are genetically born a homosslu2l because that's the nature of the - genes \()u can't help it," Lee senetic random transmission of - neu,spaper. "So whv was quoted as saving in the Straits Times should lve criminalize it?" to its legislation, Singapore rvill decriminalize oral and anal sex for adult heterosexuals, but rvill keep a ban on gav sex. The amendments xre scheduled to be debated in Padiament later this vear. Bur Lee, rvho was prime minister from 1959 until 1990 and remains influential in the Under proposed changes

current government under the title oi "\Iinister Nlentor," also said the goverflment could not ignore conserr-atir-e vieu.s, the report said.

"I think rve pragmaticallv adjust, carry our people ... don't upset thcm and suddenh'upser rheir sense of proptierr- and right and wroflg,rr Lee told a group of voung actiyists from the ruiing People's Action Parqi according to the paper. "But at the same tirnc let's not go around like this moral police ... bargrng into people's rooms. That's not our business." "You have to take apiacical, prasmatic approaci-r to u.hat I scc is of time and circumstance," l-rc reportedlr- said. l-ee's prcss sr:cretarl at the Prime N{inrster-'s Office coulci not immediateiv be reached N{ondav to confirm his remarks. an iner-itable fbrce

Moving into the future! EQUAI- GROUND moved into its new srand alone office on 15th ()ctober 2006. To celebrate our new l-rome, friends and supporters rvere invited to rhe 'ofl-ice rvarming'get toeether on the 27th November. We are grateful to ASTRAET\ and GF\X' for their financial assistance which enabled the mor.e!

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Rainbow News 2nd issue  

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