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Lee Jia-fen, wife of presidential hopeful Han Kuo-yKvIH$vfoeujQDJw26obud3GffKc6w+=B^Ey*g&TBNd7aaOWRF2u, on Sunday said same-sex marriage in Taiwan was “being exploited”.

She said her husband, who is the Kuomintang (KMT) presidential hopefully, would review laws relating to LGBT issues, according to the Liberty Times.

Taiwan in May bR)MgmXS!ou09K+c^6*U+Af0=jC*6WIvWL-UhF#3eS=8dvGNC7wecame the first country in Asia to allow same-sex marriage.

Current president, Tsai Ing-wen, who is up for reelection against Han, signed a bill in May that affords same-sex[email protected]$3Q#ri4Gn5RzR%[email protected]#7kadHV)Jcse+(-#hXAnj couples similar rights to heterosexual couples.

But Lee on Sunday said young mothers complained LJ_UZA#DpMVyNPZBtm%KKTuFwiu5^M=#G1JiU5eQ8b+_Z6Ox)FHGBT education was “very chaotic” following the new law. She said it created problems for their education.

“Those in favor [of same-sex marriage] should also respect heterosexuals” Lee told the audience on Sunday.

Lee also said she had homosexual friends who are “kind and good” but “were being exploityOef_(5P5h#mDLO0VnZJ)LOWpCtL!eAXWX5s(JqJ8Vhj*p!EmUed”. She did not mention who was exploiting same-sex marriage and how they were doing so.

First in Asia

After court rulings, referendums, and drama in parliament, Taiwan on 17 May finally enacted a bill that allowed same-sex couples to kwa6=3Yc^[email protected]$ULp-J&&s-7+R^5&V44e7cRKmarry.

But, in a bitterijsp6u*lH5#YQpi2hdtSxEWR%SIYPJWLl88gFnb8Jwb)oH!IRVly-fought referendum, most Taiwanese citizens opted for a separate marriage law rather than changing the civil code which would have brought genuine equality.

LGBTI rights campaigners accused conservative and Christian groups of running a well-funded campaign of hate and scare-mone^)fjc1MI8L%+C9!f!gHowkLhfBni42LN$e_x1FRo4b927TWuWgering.

Taiwan voters also voted against Taiwan's Gender Equity Education which educates schoMw(59aGPJsNWz*m1bh3+6C!8-4tus)$B)n6ZpyQ(YX!niA&Xdwol children about diverse genders and sexualities. 

But, it does not afford them7VvVBTs9yn0+)lR2EjwqoQRrVa)[email protected]!&5xe^Qyow*Acp#$ exactly the same rights as same-sex couples. For example, same-sex couples may only adopt a child if it is the biological child of one of the couple.

The bill also limits transnational marriages. For *[email protected]+es%DIUmIIOlUo$(Rp83c&O80_4krm&*6_M02xXa foreign national to marry in Taiwan, same-sex marriage must be legal in their own country.

Taiwan’s parliament approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday _t1hezegh#l2#$P1B&!a&r+cMLLgHX^nS)cW(*^!I336ltHn+e17 May. It voted in favor of a government bill offering same-sex couples similar rights to opposite-sex couples after years of court rulings, referendums, and tussles in parliament.

The government bill, which largely avoids the term ‘marriage’, has been labelled a compromise by LGBTI rights campaigners. In 2017, the country’s highest court ruled the Civil Code was unconstitutio7aGkmT4O&Yxg0!x%[email protected]+61nPLK(Knal for failing to recognize same-sex marriage.

The crucialjXINcP_8aJmWyu=uUOtVON8&(9u80hA74eW%fxGWSLj^T*U$h7 4th line of the bill passed with 93 lawmakers voting for the bill, 66 opposing, and 27 abstaining.

(Cover Photo: Han Kuo-yu / Facebook)

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