OPINION: Time for Taiwan Lawmakers to Act on Gay Marriage Now

OPINION: Time for Taiwan Lawmakers to Act on Gay Marriage Now
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'I hope the government and my fellow legislators can face this issue directly and fearlessly, rather than avoid it.'

Taiwan is at a historical moment today.

Justices of the Constitutional Court have ruled the ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.

While traditional prejudices against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community are still deeply ingrained in society, I firmly believe that this decision can lead to a better understanding of same-sex marriage in Taiwan.

Last week, on the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT), I, along with Legislator Yu Mei-nu (尤美女), encouraged people to gather in front of Taipei Railway Station and stand together hand-in-hand, irrespective of their identity. Through organizing this public event, I hoped to help more people break the stigma and discrimination towards the LGBT community.

Now, I am calling for action from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.

As a party that advocates for progressive democracy, it should step-up its efforts and become a role model for Taiwanese society.

The battle for marriage equality in Taiwan reflects a dramatic shift towards progressive values within the society. Our progress is also being closely watched by other Asian countries, and elsewhere in the world.

We are aware that the ruling by the Justices only signifies the start of this movement.

Although the Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage this afternoon, the final decision will ultimately come down to the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's parliament.

Legalization for same-sex marriage is still uncertain. It requires immediate action from the government and the legislature in the near future.

I hope the government and my fellow legislators can face this issue directly and fearlessly, rather than avoid it.

Editor: Edward White


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