By: By Chang Jung-hsiang and Christie Chen, Central News Agency
Gay rights activists in the southern city of Tainan on Thursday demanded
that the city follow the examples of Kaohsiung, Taipei and Taichung and allow its gay residents to register their partners in the city’s household records.
Kaohsiung, Taipei and Taichung have all opened household registration records to same-sex partners, but Tainan has yet to take a stance on the issue, noted the activists, who protested at the Tainan City Council. If Tainan does not support even the registration of same-sex partnership — which is not the same as marriage — it cannot prove that it cares about human rights, the activists claimed.
In response, Tainan City Bureau of Civil Affairs Director Chen Tsung-yen said different opinions in society should be respected and that the city government will not consider allowing same-sex partnership registration for the time being. [FULL STORY]