Taiwan unveils long-awaited gay marriage bill

Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party unveils a bill offering same-sex couples ‘permanent unions’ as well as limited adoption rights, despite stiff opposition from conservatives

Rappler
Date: May 11, 2019

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Taiwan’s ruling party unveiled its latest attempt to create Asia’s first gay marriage law on Thursday, May 9, a bill offering same-sex couples “permanent unions” as well as limited adoption rights, despite stiff opposition from conservatives.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has had a stuttering and troubled journey towards delivering on their 2016 election promise to grant same-sex couples equal marriage rights.

In November, conservatives won a referendum against revising the island’s Civil Code to allow gay marriage, in a blow to President Tsai Ing-wen’s party and a stark illustration of the social divide caused by the issue.    [FULL  STORY]

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