Monthly Spotlight

Singaporeans Have Mixed Feelings About Gay Parented Families

Although supportive of the recent High Court ruling which allowed a gay Singaporean father to adopt his biological son, Singaporeans also support the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) in its review of adoption laws as it ‘does not support family units with children and homosexual parents.’ 

When asked about the High Court’s ruling, 63% of Singaporeans said they supported the decision, yet 66% also support the MSF review to tighten adoption laws to exclude homosexual parents. 

Recent survey findings by Blackbox and others have shown that a majority of Singaporeans still remain opposed to gay marriage, although there is majority support amongst younger Singaporeans (under 25 years-old). Similarly, 40% of Singaporeans are opposed to same sex couples adopting children while 28% support it. A third of Singaporeans (33%) say they are neutral. 

A slightly lesser number (36%) oppose same sex couples being able to purchase an HDB property in their joint names while 29% support it. Around 35% of Singaporeans say they are neutral. 

Again, more Singaporeans under 25 years-old support both of these propositions, highlighting the generational differences which now prevail in Singapore around the topic of LGBT rights. 

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