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2 Dec 2016

Taiwanese bishops speak out against same-sex marriage

In the latest step on Taiwan’s march to legalising same-sex marriage, Catholic bishops issue statement against bill

The Catholic bishops’ conference in Taiwan has stated its opposition to Taiwan’s same-sex marriage bills currently working their way through the country’s legislature.

In a statement released by the bishops this week they encouraged the country’s churchgoers to pray against the bill’s passage.

“The amendments to the civil law will overturn the traditional monogamous marriage system, resulting in changes in the appellation of parents and grandparents, family ethics, moral values. Its impact on family morality and social order is huge,” the bishops said.

“The bill has not been thoroughly discussed in society. There are shortcomings in the amendment procedure while the consequences have not been carefully assessed. Pushing it hastily might lead to more complicated social problems,” they added.

On Nov. 17, when one of the bills entered its second reading, about 20,000 Christians protested in front of the legislative Yuan.

Organized by a group called Taiwan Family, they demanded 30 public hearings and a referendum on the issue.

Meanwhile President Tsai Ing-wen, who has given quiet support to the bid for same-sex marriage, reportedly told some lawmakers that “she never heard of any opposition against same-sex marriage from the church.”


Reader's Comments

1. 2016-12-03 03:29  
What has religion got to do with it?
2. 2016-12-05 08:33  
I am so tired of the hostility of religion; not just for us, but for each other and for anyone who dares disagree with them. Sorry, but it is quite clear that religion is one of the biggest evils in the world.
3. 2016-12-05 10:45  
The Catholic church cannot impose its religious values on those who are non-Catholic.
4. 2016-12-05 22:54  
Many church leaders are living in the past. Poor dears.
5. 2016-12-06 03:04  
Wikipedia says that according to a census of 2005, Christians represent 3.9% of the population of Taiwan. They have the nerve to try and continue the same cultural colonialism that has left so many scars!
6. 2016-12-07 06:23  
Freedom of speech for all. Let them make their arguments.

There can't be any harm in a referendum assuming its a fair question.

Educate. Don't live in fear.

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