Taiwan company chairman mobilizes staff to vote against same-sex marriage

Nanyang Industries chairman plans to compensate managers from his personal funds

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/05/31
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Opponents of gay marriage have called for a referendum. (By Associated Press)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The chairman of Nanyang Industries Co., Ltd. (南陽實業), the company which distributes South Korean Hyundai vehicles in Taiwan, is asking managers to help with a campaign for a referendum against same-sex marriage, while promising NT$1,000 (US$33) each to cover their expenses, the Apple Daily reported Thursday.

The approval of gay marriage has been winding its way through Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan for years now, with a decision by the Constitutional Court in May last year helping giving it a push forward. However, opponents have also launched a campaign to hold a referendum with wording considered unfavorable to same-sex marriage.

While it is not certain yet if or when such a referendum will take place, Nanyang Industries Chairman Tsai Wei-li (蔡維力) on Wednesday reportedly told managers to collect petitions in favor of the referendum from staff while promising them NT$1,000 each for their efforts, the Apple Daily said.

Nanyang employees reportedly told the newspaper that while the effort was not obligatory, it would be difficult to tell whether those who refused would suffer no repercussions down the road, as the boss and the staff did not hold equal power.

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