Date: Nov 19, 2016
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
Calling for a national referendum on same-sex marriage, officials from a coalition of civic groups and
religious organizations opposed to the legalization of same-sex marriage yesterday said they won a small victory by stopping a proposed amendment from going into the legislative review procedure.
Alliance of Religious Groups for the Love of Families Taiwan secretary-general Chang Shou-yi (張守一) said the proposed amendments to the Civil Code to legalize same-sex marriage and allow married gay couples to adopt children would have a monumental impact on society and therefore should be decided by a plebiscite.
“When it goes to a referendum, I believe we will win,” Chang said.
“However, if the other side, which supports amending the law, wins, we will abide by the result and bear the burden together with the rest of society,” he said.
“Most people right now are either apathetic, do not understand the issues, or only taking a stance without any logic, but by holding two public hearings and going through the referendum process, there will be opportunities for people and groups to express their views and think the whole thing through,” he said. [FULL STORY]