Same-sex marriage hearing commences

CODIFIED:The interpretation on the constitutionality of same-sex unions mostly focuses on the Civil Code, which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 25, 2017
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter

The Council of Grand Justices yesterday began a session to hear a constitutional

Members of student groups hold up slogans supporting same-sex marriage outside the .Judicial Yuan in Taipei yesterday, where the Council of Grand Justices was holding a hearing on same-sex marriage. The sign says: “After 30 years in shackles, homosexuals will get a constitutional interpretation today.” Photo: CNA

challenge concerning same-sex marriage, during which the spotlight fell mostly on Minister of Justice Chiu Tai-san (邱太三), who defended the legality of the Civil Code’s definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman.

In an unprecedented move, the debate was live-streamed. A ruling is expected within two months.

Taiwan is the first Asian nation to assent to a constitutional interpretation on the legalization of same-sex marriage.

The debate addressed two requests for an interpretation, filed by the Taipei City Government and gay rights advocate Chi Chia-wei (祁家威), who has over the past three decades sought legal recognition of his union with his partner.

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