Positive Signs for Same-Sex Marriage in Taiwan with Support from Top Judges

Same-sex marriage activists in Taiwan are upbeat after three of five nominees for Taiwan’s constitutional court confirmed their support for marriage equality.

The News Lens
Date: 2016/10/20
By: Mo Tz-pin

In response to questions from legislators yesterday, Grand Justice nominee Chan San-lin (詹森林) said

Photo Credit: AP/達志影像

Photo Credit: AP/達志影像

he supports marriage equality and vowed to defend sexual orientation for every person, the Chinese-language Liberty Times reports.

Chan is one of five nominees for the Council of Grand Justice currently under review. He is one of three nominees to have confirmed support for same-sex marriage, joining Huang Juei-min (黃瑞明) and Hsu Chih-hsiung (許志雄). In June 2015, the four nominees at the time, who have since been appointed, did not support same-sex marriage.

President of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights Victoria Hsu (許秀雯) says she believes it is possible that the remaining two nominees could also be in favor for marriage equality, potentially paving the way for improved rights for the LGBT community in Taiwan.
“The Grand Justices are in charge of constitutional interpretations, which could help us a lot to fight for same-sex couples whose rights are not protected,” Hsu told The News Lens International by telephone today.
Hsu says the Grand Justices in 2015 mostly opposed same-sex marriage. Last year, the alliance applied to the court for a constitutional interpretation on a case related to same-sex marriage, but the process has been “very slow.”     [FULL  STIORY]

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