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Thousands take part in Singapore gay rights rally

Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 01:20

An estimated 26,000 people gather at the sixth Pink Dot event organised in Singapore. Natalie Thomas reports.

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A record 26,000 Singaporean supporters of gay rights descend on one of the city-state's parks. They are here for the annual Pink Dot rally in a country where sex between men is punishable with up to two years in prison though it's rarely enforced. But opposition from some quarters has also grown. Some Muslim groups called on their followers to wear white in protest, Some Christian groups have urged the government to properly enforce the law on gay sex. Pink Dot rally organisers say they find the scale opposition disappointing. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PINK DOT SPOKESPERSON, PAERIN CHOA, SAYING: "I mean every year we are prepared for some opposition, every year, it's just that this year the extent of the negativity has saddened us quite a bit." Others preferred to focus on the positive purpose of the rally. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SINGAPOREAN CITIZEN, ANDY, SAYING: "Everybody is coming together in order to bring joy and just happiness to everyone, regardless of colours, race, religion, you know, we are just here to love." As night fell, participants used that message to light up the park in a symbolic pink dot formation. Pink Dot has seen a higher turnout every year since it began in 2009 and now has big name sponsors including Goldman Sachs.

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Thousands take part in Singapore gay rights rally

Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 01:20

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