These are not issues that we can settle one way or the other, and it’s really best for us just to leave them be, and just agree to disagree. I think that’s the way Singapore will be for a long time.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, speaking at the Singapore Perspectives conference organised by the Institute of Policy Studies. Mr Lee was asked by a participant how the fact that the Republic is a secular country reconciles with “an old and archaic law that nearly discriminates against a whole (group) of people”.

“Why is that law on the books? Because it’s always been there and I think we just leave it,” said Mr Lee, adding that he had explained his decision in 2007 to retain Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalises sex between men.

Quoting a comment I read on Facebook, that’s like him basically saying, "Well, I don’t wanna touch this problem so I’ll just leave it there and pretend it doesn’t exist." There is no facepalm hard enough for this.

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