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Singapore mulls stricter laws after gay adoption case

AFP  |  Singapore 

said Monday it is considering tightening adoption laws after a gay man won a landmark court battle to adopt a child he fathered via a in the US.

While is affluent and modern in many ways, attitudes towards homosexuality are often highly conservative.

Gay marriage is not permitted and sex between men remains illegal under a law that dates from the British colonial era, although it is rarely enforced.

In the latest case, the man -- who is in a long-term relationship -- first enquired about adopting in but was told a homosexual couple was unlikely to get permission.

He found a in the who agreed to carry his child for USD 200,000. A son was born and is now five years old.

The man, a 46-year-old who has not been identified, brought the boy back to Singapore and applied to formally adopt him, in the hope of securing him Singapore citizenship.

After a lengthy legal battle, the last month sided with him in a landmark ruling.

But on Monday Desmond Lee, for social and family development, told parliament that "the prevailing social norm in our society is still that of a man and woman marrying, and having and bringing up children, within a stable family unit.

"This is also the family structure that government encourages".

Following the court case, his ministry was "reviewing our adoption laws and practices to see how they should be strengthened to better reflect public policy", he added.

Jean Chong, from Singapore-based group Sayoni, accused the government of "abandoning LGBT families, and making setting up a family and living in Singapore impossible".

"The world is evolving, the government needs to keep up," she told AFP.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 18:30 IST