Scope survey into LGBT attitudes, Section 377A closes after ‘overwhelming response’

It also asked what respondents knew about Section 377A and whether they felt it should be repealed, maintained or amended. The legal provision, which has been hotly debated, criminalizes sex between men.

The inquiry came after Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam said on March 3 that the government was “considering the best way forward” on the law. He added that any changes to the legislation will have to respect different viewpoints and will need to be considered carefully after consulting with different groups.

Mr Shanmugam’s remarks to Parliament followed a February 28 ruling by the nation’s highest court rejecting challenges to Section 377A, while saying the law was “unenforceable in its entirety” and did not constitute any threat of prosecution.

Reach’s spokesman told TODAY the survey is “one of many” it sends out to Singaporeans frequently to gather feedback on the issues.

While it’s unclear when the investigation began, social media posts — including those urging others to make their views known on the issue by participating in the investigation — and an article by Yahoo News Singapore about it started appearing on Tuesday evening. Some online comments also took issue with the wording of the questions.

Since the survey was closed, some have taken to social media to express their displeasure that they missed the deadline to submit their responses.

In a Facebook post about the investigation, pro-LGBTQ group Pink Dot SG on Wednesday urged its followers to submit comments, adding that “the investigation should be completed before the end of the week.”

Members of a group opposing causes championed by the LGBTQ community, We Are Against Pinkdot in Singapore, had also shared the link to the survey on Tuesday and urged others to make their views heard.

Others on social media said a flaw with the survey was that it would have allowed one person to submit multiple responses.

Freelance journalist Kirsten Han wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that she expected “conservative Christian circles” to participate “en masse” in the investigation. “The next thing you know, the results are used by the government to justify the policy,” she said, adding that was the only reason she was filling out the survey.

Other criticisms seen online include the way some survey questions were asked. A Twitter user, who goes by the handle @wwei11, said she was puzzled by the way the questions were worded.

One statement respondents were asked to respond to was, “I think the LGBT+ community is accepted in Singapore.”

To that, @wwei11 said, “Is accepted vs should be accepted are two very different things. I’m not sure what they are asking? »

TODAY sent questions to Reach about criticizing the survey design.