Ker Chien-ming says no directive on same-sex law

DIVIDED:The DPP whip said some of the DPP caucus support a special law on same-sex marriage, while others are in favor of amending the Civil Code

TYaipei Times
Date: Dec 13, 2016
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter, with CNA

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) yesterday said that the

Democratic Progressive Party caucus whip Ker Chien-ming speaks during a radio interview in Taipei yesterday. Photo: CNA

party caucus would not issue a directive on whether the Civil Code would be amended to allow same-sex marriage or that a special law must be passed.

Ker also denied that he is averse to homosexuality, reports of which have led to speculation that his views have led the DPP to remain passive on amendments to marriage regulations.

A concert on Saturday promoting marriage equality saw people demanding an amendment to the Civil Code rather than a separate law for same-sex marriage, which critics say would be discriminatory.

Ker said in a radio interview yesterday that despite the DPP as a whole supporting marriage equality, both legislative directions have supporters in the caucus.

“This question will not [be solved by] a resolution made by the caucus,” he said.

As DPP legislators Yu Mei-nu (尤美女) and Lin Ching-yi (林靜儀) — both staunch supporters of an amendment to the Civil Code — are legislators-at-large, radio host Clara Chou (周玉蔻) asked Ker whether their opinion indicates President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) position.   [FULL  STORY]

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