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By: Olivia Yang
The organizer of the two-day protest says the decision for such a crucial issue should not lie in the
hands of legislators but should be settled through a nation-wide referendum.
With Taiwan edging closer to becoming the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, nearly 100 people from various local anti-LGBT groups protested in Taipei over the weekend.
The anti-same-sex marriage protesters demanded the government hold a referendum to decide whether or not same-sex marriage should be legalized. They held signs with slogans such as, “same-sex marriage, loss of ethics,” and “diversified families a lie, sugar-coating sexual liberation with human rights,” on Ketagalan Blvd., which leads to the Presidential Office.
Organizer of the protest, pastor Deborah Hsing (忻底波拉), said marriage between the same gender does not have the function of reproduction and is not beneficial to a country’s sustainability, reports United Daily News. She said same-sex marriage is not a human right, but a “sexual liberation movement,” and will lead to a faster increase of the LGBT population. The pastor also said the decision for such a crucial issue should not lie in the hands of legislators but should be settled through a nation-wide referendum. [FULL STORY]