Cabinet rolls out historic draft bill to legalize same-sex marriage

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/02/20
By: Ku Chuan and William Yen

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Taipei, Feb. 20 (CNA) Taiwan’s Cabinet on Wednesday released a draft bill that will serve as the basis for same-sex marriages after conservative groups scored a victory last year in a referendum against any amendments to the Civil Code to allow legalization of gay unions.

Cabinet spokesperson Kolas Yotaka said the draft bill covers issues such as inheritance rights, medical rights, adoption of children, and monogamy.

It also details penalties for adultery and bigamy, Kolas said, adding that there are people who are spreading false information that legalizing same-sex marriages will promote the idea of polygamy, bestiality and sexual promiscuity.

The draft bill, officially called “The Enforcement Act of Judicial Yuan Interpretation No. 748,” is the first in Taiwan to be named after a constitutional interpretation, and was so named to avoid causing disputes between supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage, she said, citing a consensus reached between the Cabinet and ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers.    [FULL  STORY]

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