Taiwan is back in the news as president-elect Trump reached out to the Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in an apparent snub to China. However, she has her own battle to deal with right now over marriage equality.
Thousands of Taiwanese people have been protesting outside the Legislative Yuan – Taiwan’s Parliament – as lobbying, mainly from religious groups, is trying to stop a proposed marraige equality amendment.
The Taiwanese Pride Parade last month drew some 80,00 attendees, and was basically a huge party. But now with fierce opposition from religious leaders impassioned speakers from the LGBT community pleaded with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
The Legislative Yuan’s Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee is scheduled to meet to discuss proposed legislation to amend Taiwan’s Civil Code allowing same-sex couples to marry. This would be the easiest and fastest way to legalize gay marriage. It was proposed by DPP legislator Yu Mei-nu (尤美女).
The DPP campaigned, in part, by advocating marriage equality and the LGBT community is now afraid that they might turn their backs on that commitment. Recent proposals have suggested a separate civil union law for same sex marriages.
We all know how well “separate, but equal” really works out.
If there is a ray of sunshine in the recent election, it is that Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina has lost the position to the Democratic challenger, Roy Cooper. While the race was very close, McCrory conceded today.
Obviously, McCrory was controversial because of his bigoted ideas and the famous HB2 trans-gendered bathroom bill. He stood behind the bill, despite widespread national disapproval and ridicule.
While Trump did win the state of North Carolina, the controversial bathroom law cost the state an estimate $400 million in lost business. Companies like PayPal and Deutsche Bank cancelled expansions, costing the state more than 1,000 jobs. Rockstars, like Bruce Springsteen cancelled concerts. Hopefully, the new governor can get the law repealed, especially in the face of the possible loss of $5 billion a year in federal education money. It looks like voters in in NC could at least feel it in their wallets if they couldn’t feel it in their hearts.
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We got soft. We thought it was all going to be easier from here on out. Because, you know, it gets better, right?
Recent events in American politics has led us to realize that this might not always be a straight (ha!) road. Sometimes there are going to be hills and challenges. Sometimes it might get worse for a while, but just for a little while. So we’re back. Some states might need an illegal wedding fair again. We hope not. We hope this is just a blip on the radar, and our fears are completely unfounded.
In the meanwhile just remember, marriage, love and weddings are for everyone. Let’s dance!