SINGAPORE Singapore's state-owned television
was fined S$15,000 ($11,040) by the country's censor for
promoting gay lifestyle by airing a programme that showed a gay
couple and their adopted baby, a newspaper said on Friday.
The Straits Times reported that Singapore's Media
Development Authority said the episode of home and decor series
Find and Design, in which the host helped the couple decorate a
nursery, "normalizes and promotes a gay lifestyle."
The pro-government newspaper said the censor had also
objected to scenes of the couple and their baby as well as the
host's acknowledgement of them as a family, because it broke a
rule "which disallows programmes that promote, justify or
glamorize gay lifestyles."
Under Singapore law, homosexuality is illegal and a man who
is found to have committed an act of "gross indecency" with
another man can be jailed for up to two years, though
prosecutions are rare.
Authorities have banned gay festivals and censored gay
films in the past, saying homosexuality should not be advocated
as a lifestyle. But, despite the official ban, Singapore has a
thriving gay scene.
(Reporting by Jan Dahinten; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)