By: Chen Chun-hua and Kuo Chung-han
Taipei, Oct. 24 (CNA) Ten legislators of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said Monday they
will propose an amendment to the Civil Code that would legalize same-sex marriage.
Yu Mei-nu (尤美女), a convener of the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee who proposed the amendment, said the bill would change wording in the Civil Code to allow all people in a marriage to assume husband-and-wife obligations, hold parental rights and have an equal opportunity to adopt children.
The proposed amendment would change the description of those who make commitments to marry from the current “man and woman” (or male and female parties) to “the two parties” in Article 972 of the Civil Code.
Yu, who is also a lawyer, said at a press conference in Taipei that the amendment had to go through the Procedure Committee and the full legislative floor before it can be sent to committee. [FULL STORY]