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Japan: 52% Support Domestic Partnerships

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

titleSupport for domestic partnership certificates for same sex couples has past 50%, a new poll finds.

Gay Star News reports:

More than half of Japan supports a Tokyo ward’s plan to issue partnership certificates to gay couples, according to a new survey by a major Japanese newspaper. Three in ten (27%) opposed the idea. The Asahi Shimbun poll also found that gay marriage supporters narrowly outnumbered opponents: 41% of respondents said gay marriage should be legalized compared to 37% who disagreed.

Support is growing for marriage equality in the country – it’s good to finally see some movement there.

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South Korea: Marriage Equality Support Reaches 35%

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

titleA new poll shows that marriage equality support is on the rise in South Korea.

Gay Star News reports:

The majority of South Korea still opposes gay marriage although there has been a significant changes in attitude over the past decade, according to a new survey. A Gallup poll released last week (12 December) found that 35% of respondents were in favor of legalizing gay marriage, more than double the proportion 13 years ago. In the same period, opposition to gay marriage fell from 67% from to 56%.

We’re still a long way from majority support, but the change is encouraging, and 85% now support equal opportunities for gays and lesbians in the workplace.

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60% in Hong Kong Back LGBT Protections

Monday, November 10th, 2014

titleA new survey in Hong Kong showed a high level of support for protections for the LGBT community.

Gay Star News reports:

The paper, published by the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), comes two weeks after a three-month public consultation on the city’s anti-discrimination laws. ‘Our survey found that a majority of Hong Kong people hold generally favorable views of gays and lesbians, and a majority support enacting legislation to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. Only 20% of the public said that they disagree with such legislation,’ the report said.

An overwhelming majority of respondents, 83 per cent, said parents should love their children regardless of their sexual orientation. In contrast, only 16 per cent of respondents said that their acceptance of an individual was affected by the individual’s sexual orientation and 28 per cent said gays and lesbians were immoral.

Of course, Hong Kong is one of the most liberal parts of China, having been under British rule until 1997. But still, it’s an encouraging sign.

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Taiwan Poll: 68% Back Marriage Equality

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Taiwan - Google MapsIn another poll surprise, an unexpectedly high number of people in Taiwan back marriage equality.

Gay Star News reports:

A poll released today found that 67.5% of Taiwanese people support the legalization of gay marriage. Pollster Online Survey polled 1,660 respondents aged 13 and above via mobile phone and email on 30 October. It followed the previous week’s Taiwan Pride parade, which drew 70,000 people on to the streets to demand marriage equality.

That’s up from 54% last year – will the legislature finally start to move on the marriage equality bill?

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Singapore High Court Upholds Sodomy Law

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Singapore - google mapsSingapore’s High Court upheld the country’s sodomy law yesterday.

Towleroad.com reports:

The law, known as Section 377a, has been in place since Singapore was a British colony. It carries up to a two-year jail term for men who commit acts of “gross indecency” with other men, whether in public or in private. Yesterday’s ruling came in response to lawsuits by couple of 16 years Gary Lim [above right] and Kenneth Chee [above left], and by Tan Eng Hong, who was charged under the anti-sodomy law after being arrested while having sex in a public restroom in 2010. Both lawsuits argued that Section 377a infringes their constitutional right to equal protection under Article 12 of the Constitution, and violates their right to life and liberty, as guaranteed by Article 9.

It’s a huge blow to LGBT rights in the country, especially since the government has refused to repeal the law.

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New Poll: Almost 90% of Chinese Accept Gays

Friday, September 5th, 2014

titleA new poll out of China shows that almost 90% of young people there accept gays and lesbians.

Gay Star News reports:

An overwhelming majority of Chinese young people are fine with gay people, according to a recent survey. About 87% of respondents said they accepted gay people, compared to 13% who said they did not understand homosexuality. The survey was conducted by internet giant Baidu, the Chinese version of Google and Wikipedia, and asked 7,000 internets users born in the 1990s their views on love, friendship, consumption, family and employment.

No word on whether that support extends to marriage equality.

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Nepal LGBT Rights Set to Go Backward

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Nepal Gay RightsAfter becoming one of the most progressive Asian countries in the wake of a 2007 Supreme Court ruling, Nepal is preparing to recriminalize gay sex and block same sex marriage.

Gay Star News reports:

Today, the LGBTI community faces fresh opposition as the law ministry under law and justice minister Narahari Acharya of the ruling Nepali Congress is seeking to enact punitive laws to recriminalize gay sex, Sunil Pant, the country’s first openly gay politician and former member of parliament, told Gay Star News in an email. Gay sex was decriminalized in 2007 after Nepal’s parliament voted to abolish the monarchy. Up till then, homosexuality was deemed an ‘unnatural sex act’ that carried a prison term of up to a year. Under the new laws, gay sex acts will be punishable by three years imprisonment. The new laws will also prohibit same-sex unions, oral and anal sex among heterosexuals, and narrow the definition of rape to only apply to women.

It’s extremely sad to see that a country that had made such progress on KGBT rights may be turning its back on its LGBT community. Maybe the ban on oral sex for straights will help stir up some opposition?

It just goes to show that you can never stop being vigilant in the fight for equal rights.

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Same Sex Couples Demand Marriage Licenses in Taiwan

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Taipei Couple

Twenty eight same sex couples demanded marriage licenses in Taipei on Friday.

Gay Star News reports:

As part of a campaign seeking same-sex marriage to be legalized in Taiwan, 28 same-sex couples – accompanied by activists from the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) – walked into Zhongzheng District Household Registration Office in Taipei on Friday and attempted to register their unions. Taiwan’s Civil Code stipulates that a marriage must be a union between a man and a woman. The Taipei Times reported that the clerks ‘took the applications with a friendly attitude’ and apologized that the ‘computer system would not allow same-sex couples to make marriage registrations.’

Could Taiwan be the first Asian nation to embrace marriage equality?

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China Gay Cure Clinic Sued

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Great Wall of ChinaA China gay cure clinic is being sued by LGBT activists.

Pink News reports:

Campaigners in China have taken a clinic to court over its backing of gay-to-straight conversion therapy. It’s the first time a lawsuit of this kind has been staged in the country. China declassified homosexuality as a mental illness in 2001, but scores of clinics still seek to provide so-called conversion therapy. Dr Zhou Zhengyou, of the Nanjing Urban Psychiatric Consultancy Centre, claims to have successfully “cured” 70% of his gay patients. He charges $120 (#70) a session. LGBT activists have begun a legal challenge against the clinic. The case will be heard in court on Thursday.

Wow – this is the first time I’ve heard of such action being taken in Asia, and in China, no less!

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Monday, July 14th, 2014

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