S’pore mulls stricter laws after gay adoption case

15 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

SINGAPORE: 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 surrogate in the US, reports AFP.

While Singapore 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 Singapore but was told a homosexual couple was unlikely to get permission. He found a surrogate in the United States who agreed to carry his child for US$200,000. A son was born and is now five years old.

The man, a 46-year-old pathologist 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.