Thousands march in Kaohsiung gay rights parade
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The New York Times described Taiwan as “a same-sex marriage pioneer” as
thousands marched in Kaohsiung for gay rights Saturday.
The Legislative Yuan is in the middle of reviewing legislative proposals which could legalize same-sex marriage, though opponents managed to slow down the process by demanding and receiving two extra public hearings on the subject.
In an opinion piece by its editorial board Friday, the New York Times said Taiwan’s gay rights movement had “built enough political support” to make passage possible early next year.
“President Tsai Ing-wen, who came into office last spring, supports legalizing same-sex marriage, and she has argued that doing so would strengthen society,” the leading U.S. newspaper wrote, adding that the issue also had won the support of politicians from all major opposition parties.
The New York Times quoted Democratic Progressive Party legislator Hsiao Bi-khim as saying that 56 out of 113 lawmakers are in favor, just one short to make it pass during the legislative session beginning next February after the Lunar New Year holiday. [FULL STORY][