PHOTO STORY: Thousands Protest as Lawmakers Discuss Same-Sex Marriage Proposals

PHOTO STORY: Thousands Protest as Lawmakers Discuss Same-Sex Marriage Proposals
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Photos from today's protest in Taiwan.

An estimated 15,000 people gathered outside of Taiwan’s parliament, the Legislative Yuan, in Taipei this morning, to protest proposed law amendments that would legalize same-sex marriage.

The protesters, who appear to be mostly from organized religious groups, are ramping up their efforts as Taiwan moves closer to marriage equality. They are demanding the government hold a referendum to decide whether or not same-sex marriage should be legalized.

Groups that support same-sex marriage were also at the scene to show their support for the law change. However, many were blocked by the police because they had not applied for a permit for outdoor assemblies and parades. Some of those against the amendment prevented members of the LGBT community from entering the protest crowd.

Two draft amendments to the Civil Code enabling same-sex marriage passed the first reading in the Legislative Yuan on Nov. 8. The amendments were scheduled for review by the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee today.

Last month, more than 80,000 people took to the streets in Taipei as part of the Taiwan Pride Parade. Many participants marched with banners and posters supporting marriage equality.

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Additional reporting by Edward White and Mo Tz-pin.

Editor: Edward White


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