Debate in Singapore over LGBTQ rights flares up in leaders’ test

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In the wake of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s promise on Aug. 21 to protect the country’s definition of marriage, which excludes same-sex marriage, in the constitution, the government quickly mobilized top ministers to try to calm a storm that between the LGBTQ community. and some religious groups.

The next morning, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Lawrence Wong, the man tipped to succeed Lee as Prime Minister, spoke to the country’s main broadcaster about how to “live harmoniously,” while Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam explained to the island’s largest newspaper the move was to avoid challenging the marriage definition in court.

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