Same-sex marriage takes a step forward in Taiwan
Taiwan has made history as officials have passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriages. They are the first Asian country approve homosexual marriage legislation. The vote arrived roughly two years later when Taiwan’s Constitutional Court deemed that the current law saying that only men and women can get married, is unconstitutional, and judges gave parliament two years to change the rule.
On the 24th of this month, the bill will be put into effect. Even though Taiwan has a substantial gay community, marriage equality has separated Taiwan’s society. A poll done in November 2018, resulted in 67 percent of votes being against gay marriage. Although the bill could deny gay couples certain rights that straight couples have, such as adoption, it was still supported by LGBT groups. Taipei artist, Wu Tzu-an, said, “Today the result was the best we got for this stage. It’s also a sign to show that Taiwan was different from China,” he refers here to the fact that gay marriage is still illegal. “Personally I don’t have plans to get married, but I think it’s a sign for equality.”
Head of the Beijing Gender Health Education Institute, Xiaogang Wei, had this to say, “It will have a very positive impact on China’s LGBT community, offering us a lot of hope.” He stated further, “The Chinese government has pointed to cultural tradition as a reason for same-sex marriage being unsuitable in China. But the decision in Taiwan, which shares a cultural tradition with us, proves that Chinese culture can be open, diverse, and progressive.”
In April, Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, expressed that death by stoning would be enforced upon anyone found guilty of having gay sex. He has since stated that the punishment would not be established, but the law has not been revoked. In Indonesia, 87 lashes were handed out last year to a couple men who allegedly engaged in gay intercourse.