15,000 Strong Protest Against Same-Sex Marriage in Taiwan

Today saw a huge protest against same-sex marriage in Taiwan, as thousands of people assembled to protest against a draft bill to legalise same-sex marriage.

Roughly 15,000 people assembled outside the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan’s parliament today, protesting the bill which could see Taiwan make history by being the first country in Asia to have marriage equality.

The proceedings were behind held inside parliament, but the crowd were able to watch the proceedings via a livestream, and it does seem that the method is some of what’s causing problems for people. Some feel that instead of just making a decision, the government should hold a referendum on the matter.

As they protested, people chanted  “stand forward for the next generation’s happiness” and “marriage, family, let the leople decide”.

Unsurprisingly, numerous people present at the  protest come from organised religious groups including a Christian alliance from the south of the island.

A pastor, Wang Tzu-hao, spoke to The Statesman: “Only a heterosexual marriage can create the possibility of bearing children, and only then can we sustain the nation’s next generation.”

David Tseng, spokesman of the rally’s organiser, The Happiness of the Next Generation Alliance also spoke to The Statesman. He argued that while they support equal rights in many areas for same-sex couples, they believe that marriage is between one man and one woman.

“Now they want to amend the law to do away with the ‘father’ and ‘mother’ altogether. We are different from the West. In Eastern culture, we place great importance on filial piety to one’s father and mother. This is a virtue we must keep.”

As we’ve spoken about before, Taiwan is one of the most progressive countries in Asia, but this one issue is thorny due to it’s roots in Confucianism which means a strong belief in traditional values such as family loyalty and social hierarchy.

However, there was also a strong show of support for the same-sex marriage bill from LGBT allies and the community.

Unfortunately they were confronted by the anti-side protestors, who blocked them from entering the protest.

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