Supporters and opponents of LGBT rights rallied near Taiwan’s parliament on Wednesday (8 May), each making their positions clear ahead of Parliamentary discussions on how to legalise same-sex unions scheduled for Thursday.
Nearly 40 LGBT families gathered in front of the Legislative Yuan to urge lawmakers to enact the Government’s bill. Out of three draft bills under discussion, this would afford the most rights to same-sex couples and families. Meanwhile, hundreds of anti-LGBT rights campaigners also gathered near the Yuan to defend ‘marriage between one man and one woman’. Taiwan’s legislature is scrambling to enact a same-sex marriage bill ahead of a 24 May court deadline. In 2017, Taiwan’s highest court ruled the country’s Civil Code unconstitutional for failing to recognise same-sex marriage. However, in a 2018 referendum, Taiwan’s voters opted for a separate law to recognise same-sex unions rather than amending the Civil Code.
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