DPP submits same-sex relationship bill amendment

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/05/16
By: Stacy Hsu

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Taipei, May 16 (CNA) The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus Thursday submitted a “motion to amend” the Executive Yuan’s draft same-sex relationship bill that removes the term “same-sex marriage” and will be voted on Friday.

The DPP caucus’ motion was submitted by DPP Legislator Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲) during a meeting between 53 party lawmakers and several Cabinet officials, including Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁), Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥), Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) and others, Executive Yuan spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka (谷辣斯‧尤達卡) told reporters.

“(The DPP caucus version was proposed) because many groups have fixated on terms such as (same-sex) marriage in the public debates,” Kolas said.

“As it seems these knots cannot be untied, we feel it would be better to make minor revisions to related wording if as a result the bill is acceptable to supporters of DPP regional lawmakers, while not affecting the legal right of same-sex couples to register their marriage,” she said.    [FULL  STORY]

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