New Legislation in Taiwan Would Allow Same-Sex Couples to Marry

Taiwan’s government is proposing a new law to allow same-sex marriage.

Back in November, the people of the self-governing island nation voted against gay and lesbian marriage in a series of referendums, upsetting momentum from the LGBT community who felt that they could be the first in Asia to be granted the right to marry. Voters, though, rejected the referendum and defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Now, the new legislation being presented would allow same-sex couples to marry, according to a Facebook post from Premier Su Tseng-Chang.
So, if the referendum defines marriage between one man and one woman how could the legislation circumvent this? According to the premier it would “respect the result of the referendum,” but would instead enact a separate, special law to allow for same-sex marriage.

“We belong to the same country regardless of whether you are heterosexual or homosexual,” Su said. “I sincerely hope that everyone could accept difference and treat each other in a friendly way.”

The special law is going to be discussed in a cabinet meeting tomorrow and then will be sent to parliament for review. A vote is also expected in parliament in May, according to Reuters.

Although the new law would grant gays and lesbians the same rights, many in the LGBT community feel that creating a separate but equal law, is discriminatory. The current law, they also say, violates the right to freedom of marriage and equality. [CNA]

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