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Civil groups supporting same-sex marriage rally around Taiwan

2016/11/27 21:28:38

Legislator Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) (Photo courtesy of a member of the public)

Taipei, Nov. 27 (CNA) Several civil groups that support same-sex marriage staged rallies in eastern, central and southern Taiwan on Sunday.

In Tainan, scores of supporters braved the cold rain to hold placards reading "Safeguard equal marriage rights for all," and representatives of several groups took turns to speak.

One representative said this was the first time that the LGBT community is most likely to successfully obtain rights for same-sex marriage, and he expressed the hope of making more efforts.

He noted that there will be a large rainbow parade on Dec. 31 in Tainan, and he hoped more will people will participate in the parade.

In Taichung, Hsu Hsiu-wen (許秀雯), head of the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights, said the amendment to the Civil Code was the easiest way to deal with the issue and had the lowest cost.

If the Legislature formulates a special law for same-sex unions, it will lead to an article-by-article review of a bill looking at whether the power now given to heterosexual partners should be accorded to same-sex partners.

Simply amending the Civil Code to allow same-sex marriage will be a more straightforward approach, she asserted.

In Hualien, Legislator Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) was invited to the rally to lend support.

She said she once proposed a draft special law for same-sex marriage, but it was killed even before it was discussed.

Hsiao said she herself is a Christian, and she was taught by scripture that one must take care of the weakest members of society.

On Nov. 17, a legislative committee reviewed a bill that could make Taiwan the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage, and those who opposed the same-sex mobilized over 10,000 people to protest such a bill to uphold traditional family values.

The call for the rallies Sunday was aimed at countering the opponents of the legislation, hoping that more people could come forward to support the cause.

(By Liao Jen-kai, Chen Chih-chung and Lilian Wu)
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