Date: Jul 11, 2015
By: Michael Gold
Thousands of gay rights supporters marched through Taipei on Saturday, months
ahead of elections that are likely to usher in a pro-gay party and could make Taiwan the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.
Protesters waved rainbow flags, lit candles and shouted “gay votes are still votes” as they marched between parliament and the headquarters of Taiwan’s two main political parties.
The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage has given a renewed push to the movement in Taiwan, where a marriage bill has been held up in parliament ahead of January elections.
“Taiwan society has reached the point of acceptance of gay marriage,” said protester Rafael Tsai. “It’s a shame our politicians don’t seem to be on the same level as the people.” [FULL STORY]