Wu draws fire over gay marriage ideas

DEMOCRACY?The former vice president said that amending the Civil Code to please a minority would disrupt the lives of the majority and the ethical order

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 02, 2017
By: Chen Yun, Lin Yan-tung and Chung Li-hua / Staff reporters

Former vice president Wu Den-yih’s (吳敦義) call for the government to hit the brakes on amending the

Former vice president Wu Den-yih, a candidate for Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairperson, expresses his views on same-sex marriage during a visit to Taoyuan on Tuesday. Photo: Chen Yun, Taipei Times

Civil Code for the sake of “an extremely small minority with a different sexual orientation” has drawn fire, with critics saying it showed a poor understanding of democracy.

Wu, a candidate in the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) chairperson election on May 20, made the comments on Tuesday during a visit to several military dependents’ villages in Taoyuan’s Yangmei (楊梅), Jhongli (中壢) and Gueishan (龜山) districts.

When a supporter in Jhongli stopped him and urged him to pay more attention to the issue of same-sex marriage, Wu said that society needs to show respect to people who have a different sexual orientation by giving them space, but he does not support amending the Civil Code just for this minority.

The nation can work on legislating a specific act regulating same-sex marriages, he said, adding that amending the Civil Code would disrupt the lives of the majority and an ethical order that has been in place for centuries.    [FULL  STORY]

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