We are immensely disappointed that Singapore has chosen to reject a loving father’s application to adopt his own biological son based on an outdated view of what a family should constitute, effectively sending the message that this country will wilfully discriminate based on a family’s physical make-up as opposed to its propensity to create a loving, nourishing environment for all its members.

Pink Dot fully embraces the notion that the family is the most important building block of society. However, let us not forget that ‘family’ goes beyond just the narrow definition of man, wife and children, and what is most important isn’t its constituent components, but that they all come together in love, respect and dignity. Moreover, an increasing number of studies conducted by reputable international institutions such as the American Psychological Association, Journal of Behavioral Pediatrics and Williams Institute show “no difference in family relationships or child health outcomes between same-sex and different-sex households”. That the Adoption of Children Act “did not envisage the specific situation this case presents” is itself proof that policy is falling behind society’s evolving nature, in which non-nuclear families are increasingly embraced and recognised as part of the larger social fabric around the world.

The reality of the matter is that the law is outdated and doesn’t account for the rich diversity of relationships the same way that we celebrate our multiracialism and multiculturalism, and it is a cruel thing to deny a child the legitimacy to his own biological Father.