Judge to live broadcast same-sex marriage debate

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-02-10

One of Taiwan’s top judges, Justice Huang Jui-ming, has scheduled a debate on same-

Justice Huang Jui-ming
Judge to live broadcast same-sex marriage debate (CNA photo)

sex marriage for March 24. The debate will be broadcast live via the internet.

The debate follows the legislature’s recent passage of the first reading of an amendment allowing same-sex marriage. Three readings are required for a bill to pass into law.

The debate will cover whether same-sex marriage should be part of Taiwan’s civil code and whether it is in conflict with the current constitution.

Justice Huang’s wife, DPP lawmaker Yu Mei-nu, has been a major driver of the legislation aimed at making Taiwan the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. She will not take part in the upcoming discussion to avoid a conflict of interest.

Polls indicate same-sex marriage has the support of the majority of Taiwan’s population. Opposition has mainly come from organized conservative religious groups.

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