Discussions on the matter will continue Friday
By: Ryan Drillsma, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The first round of cross-caucus discussions on the implementation of same-sex marriage law concluded Thursday afternoon (May 2), although reports suggest little progress was made.
The session, convened by the Legislative Yuan’s Judiciary and Organic Laws Committee, lasted around an hour, according to the Central News Agency, and saw legislators discuss “The Enforcement Act of Judicial Yuan Interpretation No. 748” alongside “The Enforcement Act of Referendum No. 12.”
The first bill was drafted by the Executive Yuan to guarantee the 2017 constitutional ruling that provided a legal foundation for same-sex marriages. The second, introduced by the Kuomintang, would limit use of the words “marriage” and “spouse” to opposite-sex couples.
DPP legislators Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康) and Yu Mei-nu (又美女) said they hope the Executive Yuan’s bill could pass a third reading and be enacted into law as soon as possible. Tuan said any law that fails to guarantee same-sex marriage is a violation of 2017’s constitutional ruling, and as such, his only choice is to support the first bill.