Taiwan court rejects marriage application by same-sex couple

Activists call for quicker action by Taipei City and central government

Taiwan News 
Date: 2017/10/12
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Despite last May’s decision by the Council of Grand Justices

Attorneys commenting on Thursday’s ruling. (By Central News Agency)

that a ban on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional, a court on Thursday rejected an appeal by two women against the Taipei City Government’s refusal to approve their marriage.

Taiwan has long been named as the Asian country most likely to legalize same-sex marriage, and last May’s decision by its top judicial institution has been seen as a landmark in that direction.

However, in Thursday’s case, the Taipei Administrative High Court said it had to reject the application because the relevant authorities, namely the Legislative Yuan, had not yet approved the necessary legislation, while a two-year period after which the right to same-sex marriage would become automatic had not yet ended.    [FULL  STORY]

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