Cabinet OKs bill to legalize same-sex marriage

Premier Su Tseng-chang expressed hope that supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage will accept and respect each other, and make Taiwan a gay-friendly country. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (CNA) — The Cabinet approved on Feb. 21 a draft bill that will serve as the basis for same-sex couples aged 18 and older to marry, which will be submitted to the Legislative Yuan before March 1 for review.

The draft bill covers areas such as inheritance rights, medical rights, adoption of children and monogamy.

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) expressed hope that supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage will accept and respect each other, and make Taiwan a gay-friendly country.

The bill was drafted in line with a Constitutional Court ruling issued May 24, 2017, which states that the prohibition of same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and that the relevant authorities must amend or enact laws in accordance with the ruling of the court’s interpretation within two years.

Following the results of a Nov. 24, 2018 referendum, in which conservative groups scored a victory against any amendments to the Civil Code to allow legalization of gay unions, the Cabinet decided not to amend the Civil Code but to create a special separate draft bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

The bill is expected to be enacted by May 24.

By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao