Foxconn tycoon says ‘it’s a pity’ referendum results were not considered with new same-sex marriage law
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — When asked to comment on the passage of Taiwan’s landmark
law legalizing same-sex marriage, Foxconn founder and prospective Kuomingtang (KMT) presidential candidate Terry Gou (郭台銘) lamented that the government did not take into account last year’s referendum results.
On Friday (May 17) Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage after 66 of 93 present legislators voted in favor of four key articles guaranteeing same-sex couples the right to marry. When news broke of the law’s passage, Gou, who was on a tour of industries in Hualien’s Shoufeng Township, was asked by reporters what he thought of the new legislation.
Gou gave the following terse reply according to CNA:
“It is a pity that the resulting amendment did not comply with the substance of the referendum, but the Legislative Yuan has its functions and powers. Now that the law has been enacted, we are a country ruled by law, and I respect it.”6