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22 Jul 2019

Taiwan investigates official after same-sex marriage misinformation

Ministry of Justice official Yan Cheng-yi reportedly claimed same-sex marriage ‘would bring AIDS to Taiwan’.

Taiwan authorities are investigating a top official at the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) for allegedly spreading misinformation. According to the Taipei Times, Yan Cheng-yi is accused of sharing incorrect information about the leader of parliament on social media. The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) has called him in for questioning.
Earlier this month, Yan also circulated a Facebook post criticising President Tsai Ing-wen and her government for legalising same-sex marriage.

Taiwan in May this year became the first place in Asia to recognise same-sex unions. But, Yan wrote, same-sex marriage would ‘bring AIDS to Taiwan and create big business opportunities for some companies.’ He said: ’85% of people afflicted with AIDS are gay men, and Taiwan’s national health insurance would have to pay for all their medical treatment, so it is a big profit generator for a biotech company controlled by Tsai.’

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Reader's Comments

1. 2019-07-22 21:38  
many and all men having HIV and aids are men without marriage with men.
you can investigate it in many asian countries.
Comment edited on 2019-07-22 21:39:03
2. 2019-07-23 00:10  
@botwildfck - don't you realise everyone here knows you are totally crazy and your posts are nonsense? You are a sicko!
3. 2019-07-23 01:56  
What an idiot.... The U.S. government is full of idiots too. Probably all governments.
4. 2019-07-23 05:11  
What a lovely couple, congratulations!!!
5. 2019-07-23 11:19  
Your comments are nice and its a shame that in 2019 Government officials in Taiwan are spreading mis information like this about same sex marriage and people who are just in love.... At least they make the start in Taiwan and I just hope others will follow. It is vital that we speak with correct facts and not with disinformation and ignorance if we want to make progress.
6. 2019-07-23 13:26  
I'm not following Taiwan's politics (or much of politics in general for that matter), but from what I read Taiwan is pioneer not only in Asia but the world: first female (and unmarried) president, first transgender minister (not to mention the digital ministry itself is quite revolutionary, plus the minister was/is a prominent hacker, is still very young but bright, and is working remotely), same-sex marriage, you name it.

My Chinese is limited, but I saw that Tsai Ing Wen is not listed as having shares in a biotech company. Perhaps one of his brothers does?
Comment edited on 2019-07-23 15:45:01
7. 2019-07-23 13:27  
@gunoilh2o Do you notice that this time there is another news source other than Gay Star News? :-)
8. 2019-07-24 13:14  
Sorry @hylander but Taiwan's President is actually the 32nd female President of a country! Not sure how many of the others might have been unmarried, though.

I know of no evidence that she was connected to the Biotech company. You are correct. It was her brother who owned shares. In any case, that news is three years out of date and the scandal occurred before her election. I have a feeling that the official who leaked the lies about gays and AIDS is probably a Christian. Although the Christian community in Taiwan is small, they were hugely vocal and influential in trying to get the Legislative Yuan not to approve gay marriage. A lot of fake news was generated, just like this lie. This was from the Washington Post -

"there has been an avalanche of advertisements in Taiwanese media. Conservative groups have been accused of spreading misinformation about LGBT rights, running homophobic advertisements ahead of videos aimed at children on YouTube and using chat apps such as Line to spread false rumors stating that same-sex marriage will prompt a wave of HIV-positive gay men to move to Taiwan to take advantage of the island’s health-care system"

Taiwan politics has always had some dirty players and there have been fist fights in the Legislative Yuan. But now that gay marriage is law, perhaps those who were against it will gradually shut up.
9. 2019-07-24 19:13  
Interesting. How is the chance you think that the law will be reversed in the next administration?
10. 2019-07-25 11:42
Nil! Parliament acted because the Supreme Court had ordered it to act two years ago and given it a deadline of the end of May this year. To get the Supreme Court to overturn such a key decision will mean a massive fight. I do not believe any new administration will have the stomach for it along with all the other issues they will be facing.

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