TAIPEI (CNA) — Hundreds of supporters of an anti-gay marriage group held a rally outside the Legislative Yuan on May 8 to protest the rejection of a second reading for a draft bill that sought to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
The draft amendment proposed by opposition Kuomintang (KMT) lawmaker Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順) would have added a new article to the Civil Code stipulating that marriage shall be restricted to one man and one woman and was rejected at the Legislative Yuan last Friday.
The 1,000 protesters chanted “Referendum Violation, Lawmakers Step Down” at the rally organized the Coalition for the Happiness of our Next Generation.
Coalition president Tseng Hsien-ying (曾獻瑩) blasted the rejection as “not right practice” and “violating public opinion” because 7.65 million people (vs. 2.9 million) voted for the proposal that marriage should be restricted to one man and one woman in a referendum on Nov. 24, 2018.
He contended that the president and lawmakers should execute the referendum result.
During the rally, a mother group representative read out a petition letter for President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) that said marriage is one of the most important events in life and a partnership between two people of the same sex is not marriage.
The protesters demanded lawmakers who support same-sex marriage step down, including the KMT’s Hsu Yu-jen (許毓仁), the ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Yu Mei-nu (尤美女), Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康) and Lin Ching-yi (林靜儀), and Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) and Freddy Lim (林昶佐) from the New Power Party.
However, the anti-gay marriage demonstration was not the only protest outside the Legislative Yuan Wednesday, one day before the beginning of cross-party negotiations on three draft bills to implement the referendum result that a special law should be established to allow same-sex couples to marry.
The three bills are being proposed by the Executive Yuan, KMT Legislator Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆) and DPP Legislator Lin Tai-hua (林岱樺) and are set to receive a second reading at the Legislative Yuan.
The civic group Marriage Equality Platform and nearly 40 families of same-sex couples urged the Legislature at a press conference in front of the Legislative Yuan to pass the draft bill proposed by the Executive Yuan as soon as possible so that the rights and interests of same-sex couples and their children can be protected and a harmonious society secured.
On May 24, 2017, the Constitutional Court ruled that articles in the Civil Code which exclude same-sex couples from getting married were unconstitutional and that the relevant authorities must amend or enact laws in accordance with court interpretation No. 748 within two years from the day of the ruling.
If adjustments are not made by the deadline, same-sex couples will be allowed to have their marriages registered in accordance with the existing Civil Code as it applies to heterosexual couples.
By Wu Hsin-yu, Wang Yang-yu, Fang Cheng-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu
Hundreds of supporters of an anti-gay marriage group held a rally outside the Legislative Yuan on May 8 to protest the rejection of a second reading for a draft bill that sought to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.