Taiwan unveils long-awaited gay marriage bill

22 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Taiwan unveils long-awaited gay marriage bill

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s ruling party unveiled its latest attempt to create Asia’s first gay marriage law on Thursday, a bill offering same-sex couples “permanent unions” as well as limited adoption rights, despite stiff opposition from conservatives, reports AFP.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has had a stuttering and troubled journey towards delivering on their 2016 election promise to grant same-sex couples equal marriage rights. In November, conservatives won a referendum against revising the island’s Civil Code to allow gay marriage, in a blow to President Tsai Ing-wen’s party and a stark illustration of the social divide caused by the issue.

The referendum came after Taiwan’s Constitutional Court voted to legalise gay marriage in 2017 — the first place in Asia to do so—arguing that denying same-sex couples marriage rights was unconstitutional.