Taiwan, despite being one of the most progressive Asian nations when it comes to gay rights, still doesn’t have marriage equality. That may all change soon, thanks to a proposed bill.
According to Focus Taiwan, ten legislators the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have announced their intention to amend the Civil Code to legalise same-sex marriage. A convener of the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee, Yu Mei-nu, has said that the bill will be altering the wording in the Civil Code.
More specifically, the amendment will be targeting Article 972 of the Civil Code and is looking to change the description for those who marry from the current “man and woman” to “the two parties”. So, simply, all married couples will be able to assume spousal obligations, and also adopt children.
The proposed changes to the law will have to go through several rounds of vetting, and at the moment has the endorsment of 33 DPP legislators.
NPP legislator Freddy Lim said he believes Taiwan “will certainly be the first country with equal marriage rights in Asia.”
There is a huge amount of support in Taiwan, both in and outside of the government, but naturally there are detractors. Most recently, you may recall Taiwanese actor Lee Tien-chu, who went on a massive homophobic rant after receiving the prestigious Golden Bell award.
Hopefully, roadblocks such as Tien-chu are not substantial, and we can see Taiwan make history for equality in Asia.