By: Paige Tsai, Sophie Yeh and Jay Chen
Taipei, June 27 (CNA) The issue of legalizing gay marriage is “extremely
controversial” in Taiwan, a senior Ministry of Justice official said Saturday, adding that the government would not consider making same-sex marriages legal for the time being.
Deputy Minister of Justice Chen Ming-tang made the comment to reporters after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry.
In Taiwan, there have been repeated calls for legal amendments and for the Justices of the Constitutional Court to interpret the constitution of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in such a way that would allow same-sex marriages to be legally recognized.
But Chen said: “All countries are not the same. In Taiwan, the issue of legalizing same-sex marriage remains extremely controversial.” [FULL STORY]