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Taiwan: Court Rejects Gay Couple’s Attempt to Register Union

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

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A same sex couple in Taiwan was rebuffed by a judge yesterday.

Gay Star News reports:

Veteran gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei and his partner filed the complaint with the Taipei court last year after a local household registration agency refused to register their marriage. The Taipei High Administrative Court on Thursday ruled that the agency did not violate the law that stipulates that ‘a marriage contract should be between a man and a woman,’ according to the Taipei Times. Gay and lesbian activists have been lobbying the government for years to make same-sex unions legal while Chi himself has launched multiple legal bids to seek recognition of his marriage since 1986, but all have been rejected.

Hopefully one day soon Taiwan’s LGBT community will be accepted rather than rejected, and this couple will finally be able to marry. But today is not that day.

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Taiwan: As Legislature Considers Marriage Equality, Protesters Rally for Both Sides

Monday, March 17th, 2014

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Protesters for both sides in the marriage equality debate scuffled in Taipei’s Freedom Square on Sunday.

Gay Star News reports:

Both sides of the debate held protest rallies in Taipei’s Freedom Square with some scuffles occurring between the two groups. Supporters of marriage equality were decked out in the rainbow gay pride colors while opponents wore cardboard hats depicting a mother and father panda and two panda cubs. The pro-heterosexual marriage rally was organized by the Taiwan Happy Family Alliance – a coalition of Christian churches – and they claim 20,000 people attended their rally. Taiwanese media did not give estimates for the number of people protesting for same-sex marriage. However supporters of marriage equality were joined by two Taiwanese Tibetan Buddhist nuns who had come to show their support.

Ironically, the anti gay marriage rally was called “Happy Family”, but apparently the familes there were anything but, as they pushed and tried to force out marriage equality supporters.

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Taiwan: 20,000 Attend Concert for Marriage Equality

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

A MeiThousands attended a free concert by a Taiwanese pop star to advance the cause of marriage equality.

Gay Star News reports:

20,000 people attended a free concert in support of Taiwan becoming the first Asian nation to legalize same-sex marriage on Sunday. The concert was held by Taiwanese pop star A-mei who not only performed for free but picked up the cost of holding the concert which was over US$100,000. A-mei is the first and most high profile Taiwanese celebrity to back the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Taiwan and performed 22 acoustic songs during the concert, which she began with her hit song ‘Sisters.’

Love this artist – can we get her music here?

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Taiwan: Supporters, Opponents of Marriage Equality Rally in Taipei

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

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Both sides of the gay marriage fight held rallies in Taipei today.

Gay Star News reports:

Opposing groups for and against gay marriage rallied in Taipei today, as the legislature examines a draft amendment that could legalize gay marriage. The Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) – who proposed to new legislation to give rights to same-sex couples, among other changes to marriage law – met at 1.40pm in front on the Legislative Yuan (the parliament) in central Taipei, with supporters were encouraged to wear white shirts…

Meanwhile Greater Taoyuan Alliance for Happy Families (GTAHF) held an anti-gay marriage rally on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office. Wen Mu-tian, a member of the alliance, said to Taipei Times earlier this week: ‘If people of the same sex can get married, how can we face our ancestors? How can we pass down our values to future generations? How do we record the names of same-sex couples in the pedigree of our family clan?’

The bill, which was proposed by the opposition party, has not yet been endorsed by the ruling KMT Party, so it’s hard to tell what its chances are.

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Taiwan: President Expresses Support for Marriage Equality

Monday, November 25th, 2013

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Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou apparently just expressed his support for marriage equality in the country.

Towleroad.com reports:

Ying-jeou noted that when he was mayor of Taipei 15 years ago it was one of the only cities in the world that had a budget for supporting gay rights activities and is now one of the most gay-friendly cities in Asia. However, heterosexual marriage in Taiwan developed over thousands of years of history and Ying-jeou lamented that advancing gay marriage, which is still illegal in the country, is going to take “a high degree of consensus”.

Could Taiwan become the first Asian country to institute a marriage equality law?

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Taiwan: Thousands March for Marriage Equality

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

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LGBT activists held a big rally for marriage equality in Taiwan today.

Pink News reports:

Thousands marched in Taipei on Saturday, holding rainbow flags, colourful placards and balloons, in support of a bill reviewing Taiwan’s stance on same-sex marriages. The participants came far and wide, from Taiwan, several Asian countries, the United States, and Europe, for the 11th annual parade in Taipei’s business district. Albert Yang, a spokesperson for the event, said: “This year’s theme is ‘The voice of sexual sufferer’, which was the main appeal for our very first parade. We want to show support for those who are still suffering or being discriminated against for their sexualities.”

The country’s parliament is currently considering a bill that could legalize same-sex marriage.

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Taiwan: Mass Gay Wedding Attracts Over 1,000

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

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A huge same sex wedding was held in Taipei yesterday to push for marriage equality legislation.

Focus Taiwan reports:

A mass wedding that attracted over 1,000 people was held in downtown Taipei on Saturday, amid a push by local civic groups to legalize all forms of civil partnerships, including same-sex marriage, in Taiwan… The alliance also hoped that the banquet would drive up support for an amendment that would legalize gay marriage, civil partnerships, and the adoption of children by diverse families in Taiwan. The proposed legislation is set to be submitted to the Legislative Yuan later this month.

If passed, it would make Taiwan the first Asian country to have marriage equality. Any Taiwan watchers have an idea how likely it is to pass?

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Taiwan: Gay Wedding Banquet Planned To Push for Marriage Equality

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Gay Wedding - HandsLGBT activists in Taiwan are planning a huge gay wedding banquet as part of the push for marriage equality in the country.

Pink News reports:

Over 800 activists have pledged to support the “Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights” campaign this September, in a bid to press for the legalisation of same-sex unions. Following the recently upheld same-sex marriage of a transgender couple earlier this month, gay activists in Taiwan have announced a ‘wedding banquet’ campaign to push for an amendment to the country’s Civil Code. The alliance said it would host a rally in front of the presidential office in Taipei on 7 September.

Do you think Taiwan will be the first Asian country to embrace marriage equality?

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Taiwan: 53% Support Marriage Equality

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

titleA new poll shows a majority of people in Taiwan support marriage equality. On Top Magazine reports:

According to Taiwan News, a poll paid for by the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) found that 53 percent of the public supports marriage equality, while 37 percent remain opposed. Support has more than doubled in the past decade, the group said. The results were presented at a news conference. TAPCPR Secretary-General Chien Chih-chieh also announced that the group would sponsor a wedding banquet in front of the Presidential Office Building on September 7 to raise awareness for marriage equality.

Support was especially high among people in their 20s – could this mean that marriage equality will come soon to the island nation?

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Taiwan: Government Allows Transgender Marriage

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

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In Taiwan, the marriage of two transgender women was allowed to stand. Gay Star News reports:

In a surprise decision that shocked even the couple themselves, the Taiwanese government has decided not to revoke a marriage between two trans women. After a marathon meeting with colleagues from justice and welfare ministries and other experts, the Interior Ministry announced today (7 Aug) that the marriage license of Abbygail Wu and Ji-yi Wu should remain valid. It said the Wus were indeed ‘a man and a woman’ in accordance with civil law when the registration took place. The government respects people’s right to change their gender, it added.

It’s a big step forward in Taiwan, especially given that the couple’s birth genders were male and their current genders are female, so either way it’s basically a same-sex marriage. Congrats to the happy couple!

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