Same-sex marriage to be reviewed on Dec.26

DPP will not present own version: Ker

Taiwan News
Date: 2016/11/29
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The review of same-sex marriage proposals at the Legislative Yuan has been

(By Central News Agency)

(By Central News Agency)

scheduled for December 26 amid protests by supporters and proponents of changes.

Taiwan has long been named as the Asian country most likely to be the first to legalize marriages between persons of the same sex, but the push to approve the necessary legislation has become mired in dispute.

Proposals first floundered during the previous Legislature, but after President Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party won last January’s elections by a significant margin, it was thought momentum would soon build again. It only did so however after the death of a retired French lecturer, most likely a suicide out of sadness for his deceased gay partner.

The latest attempts to pass the legislation were met with strong opposition and protests by the opponents of same-sex marriage, often religious groups. They succeeded in having the Legislative Yuan schedule two extra public hearings on the subject.    [FULL  STORY]

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