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 Taiwan does manage to legalize same sex marriage, it will be the first country in Asia to do so.