Presidential Cultural Award winner urges passing of gay marriage bill

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/11/14
By: Christie Chen

Taipei, Nov. 14 (CNA) Gay rights pioneer Chi Chia-wei (祁家威), one of the recipients of

Chi Chia-wei (祁家威, right)

the Presidential Cultural Awards this year, on Tuesday received a round of applause at a Taipei ceremony to honor the recipients, when he urged the government and lawmakers to legalize same-sex marriage in Taiwan.

“In the pursuit of marriage equality, we want an amendment to the Civil Code. We do not want a special law,” said Chi, who has pushed for the legalization of same-sex marriage for 30 years, during his speech at the Taipei Zhongshan Hall.

“A special law is the product of the last century and it is outdated,” said Chi, who won the award in the category of social reform.

The 59-year-old long-time activist said, only when same-sex marriage is legalized can there be talk of social unity.    [FULL  STORY]

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