Implications of referendums on gay marriage debated

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/11/25
By: Shih Hsiu-chuan, Yu Hsiao-han and Wu Hsin-yun

CNA file photo

Taipei, Nov. 25 (CNA) The results of Saturday’s referendums on equal marriage rights for the gay community has been interpreted by some as a resounding rejection of same-sex marriage by Taiwanese society, but gay rights activists say the campaign was heavily skewed in favor of the anti-gay rights camp.

“It is an indication that the position of Taiwan society is that same-sex marriage is unacceptable,” Chen Ko (陳科), secretary-general of Chinese Regional Bishops’ Conference told CNA Sunday.

Of the five questions regarding same sex issues, three reached the required threshold of more than 4.94 million “yes” votes, a quarter of eligible voters.

One of the questions asked if people agree that marriage should be restricted to being between a man and a woman as described under the Civil Code. A total of 7.66 million people agreed, 2.91 million disagreed.    [FULL  STORY]

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