Same-sex marriage expected to be legalized in May

TAIPEI (The China Post) – The cabinet’s draft bill on same-sex marriage, “The Enforcement Act of Judicial Yuan Interpretation No. 748,” made it to the Legislative Yuan on March 5 and could be legalized at the end of May.

The Legislative Yuan changed the day’s meeting agenda into a one-time sitting, in an attempt to send the special law of the 64th case along with the version from New Power Party (NPP) into the sittings.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) mobilized its lawmakers and the Legislature voted 59-24, successfully pushing through the bill.

Just when the vice president of the Legislative Yuan Tsai Chi-Chang was making the announcements on the 64th case, legislators from Kuomintang and People First Party stood out to protest with signs.

The signs said: “Complete Legislative Procedures, Oppose the Second Reading” and the legislators also shouted the phrase out loud.

Nevertheless, only 88 members from the two opposing parties came out to vote and the other 25 members did not show up.

Under such circumstances, the two parties proposed sending the draft law back to the Procedure Committee, of which the proposal was voted against 23-66.

The sitting soon went on passing the bill that DPP proposed to a second reading.