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20 Jul 2015

Taiwan prepares same-sex marriage law

Plans are in place to draft a same-sex partnership law, meaning Taiwan could become the first region in Asia to legalize gay marriage.

Judicial authorities in Taiwan announced plans to draft a same-sex partnership law. The move comes after the US Supreme Court's decision and an upswing of public support in the country.

Lo Ying-hsueh, head of Taiwan's judicial body, announced that the related bills will be placed on an online voting platform that will be used as a reference point for the legislature, according to United Daily News.

Representatives of both of Taiwan's major political parties expressed support for the move. DPP chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen said gay marriage reflects equality and upholds human rights, while Hung Hsiu-chu, deputy KMT head, also said she maintains an "open and optimistic" attitude toward homosexuality.

Taiwan has one of the most open attitudes to homosexuality in the region. Taipei pride regularly attracts tens of thousands and a poll conducted by the government in 2013 showed 53 percent of the population supported gay marriage.

"The fact that the government decided to set a new same-sex partnership law discriminates against homosexuals and it shows that homosexual couples are different from heterosexuals," Chen Ling, a lesbian as well as gay rights activist, told the Global Times.

Reader's Comments

1. 2015-07-20 21:04  
God bless Taiwan!
2. 2015-07-20 22:09  
I think that your title is somehow fairly misleading.

As you mentioned in the detailed text, Taiwan is preparing for a homo couple partnership acts, nothing to do with same sex marriage.

And it is totally not inspired from US but because of the coming presidential election. The ruling party, KMT wants to "smooth" the LGBT voice, which is in Taiwan traditionally mostly their supporters.

So this is totally political calculation, nothing about equal right movement, nor human rights concerns..
3. 2015-07-21 03:55  
4. 2015-07-21 04:40  
I love Chen ling's comment.

No gradual change. Immediate step change demands.

Totally bonkers
5. 2015-07-21 07:51  
While I am heartened that such a law would be considered, I have to echo Chen Ling's comments that that there is no equality if you have different laws for different demographics. I urge the Taiwanese government to look at the success of same sex marriage around the world and enact equal marriage legislation for Taiwan's LGBT community.
6. 2015-07-21 12:09  
You go, country!
7. 2015-07-21 12:09  
so good in taiwan.. i wanna stay taiwan also..
8. 2015-07-21 12:53  
I am thrilled and so happy about this progress. Go, Taiwan! Make us equal...
9. 2015-07-26 18:52  
10. 2015-07-26 18:52  
great beginning !!!!!!!! congrats Taiwan ...my second home !!!!
11. 2015-07-30 09:57  
Zhong38fr...good points you made. Lest we get all excited which is understandably so, we musn't be blind to the fact that it's a cold, calculative move by the KMT. It still spells inequality if there is to be one set of laws for homosexuals and another for heterosexuals.
Comment edited on 2015-07-30 09:59:31

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