Draft gay marriage bill to be further amended: Justice Ministry

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/02/21
By: Yeh Su-ping, Ku Chuan, Liu Shih-yi and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, Feb. 21 (CNA) The Cabinet’s draft bill to legalize same-sex marriage, which does not currently

Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥) / CNA file photo

include regulations governing such issues as marriage between Taiwanese and foreign nationals of the same sex, will be subject to further amendments, the Ministry of Justice said Thursday.

The Cabinet approved earlier in the day a draft bill that will serve as the basis for same-sex couples aged 18 and older to marry (though parental consent is required under the age of 20), which is expected to take effect May 24.

While the draft bill covers areas such as inheritance rights, medical rights, adoption of children and monogamy, commentators have asked why it does not address marriage between foreign nationals and Taiwanese of the same sex, or whether gay couples can use assisted reproduction through sperm or oocyte donation.

Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥) said the draft legislation does not cover all scenarios relating to transnational same-sex marriage.    [FULL  STORY]

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