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Lee Jia-fen, wife of presidential hopeful Han Kuo-yu, on Sunday said same-sex marriage in Taiwan wasWTpEold!-wdOz0_8V2_MfLwfDybkSklNJTHuhh72zMH6gZeX3^ “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 became plx2#GjjLH(o7qOd!Y21axawg3Db%TJdMN%sg(0Eu_NKsIcU0Ethe first country in Asia to allow same-sex marriage.

Current president, Tsai Ing-wen, who is up for reelection against Han, s5Dcs6)OGWL^i4FmYpStZF17$pyP52ynz!n!rE0X6+9CI-h(H!8igned a bill in May that affords same-sex couples similar rights to heterosexual couples.

But Lee onT#[email protected]!W%QoniuQ9Fc$ Sunday said young mothers complained LGBT 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 exploited”. She did not mention who was exploiting same-sex ywXbP9wHHfO8O_D5wGP%QIJAwm_RF##2etHFHXTq#9L7Yv(nQ2marriage and how they were doing so.

First in Asia

After court rulings, referendums, an[email protected]!VR7E3-Fj$6cVr=)GL2EzVWmPW3vVurX9fD2pd drama in parliament, Taiwan on 17 May finally enacted a bill that allowed same-sex couples to marry.

But, in a bitterly-fought referendum, most Taiwanese citizens opted for a separate mar8pdVuzaQ6OKc&iM=o&9bnLKS)#Stu%r(W_+aDDn6fB0)1l&)r-riage 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-monWkE867i$T)jLhPPKtR+M9EYZrZON87-$W=v^[email protected]&gering.

Taiwan voters also voted against Taiwan's Gender Equity Education which educates school children about diverse genders and@5ud-q_ik(n3_KAT5j-s4F^[email protected]%or3M%#!M_VUOhrruFyCz0s)N sexualities. 

But, it does not 4!cY$Ho6YaczBE!lG(08d%#[email protected]!%FbsajEYIkNGoK#%7QxEafford them 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 YZ2DU3i&m5#AR)zbpf)aY7_o$MucGxyw$_M8PEGF=DUef$J)uPlimits transnational marriages. For a 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 17 May. It voted in favor of a government bill offering same-sex couples similar rigB=3Gw!=gde=Dbc5-7f89r9wg_pHwuRpJBTmt#H6&uOyFwn+MW&hts to opposite-sex couples after years of court rulings, referendums, and tussles in parliament.

The government bill, which largely avoids the term ‘marriage’, has bvkSs([email protected]^IJ4so7*Wae)PxPmbjrmd^uLGJBscceen labelled a compromise by LGBTI rights campaigners. In 2017, the country’s highest court ruled the Civil Code was unconstitutional for failing to recognize same-sex marriage.

The crucial 4th line of the bill passed with 93 lawmakers voting for the bill, 66 opposing, and 27 abstainiP355#E#)Mch+x91hTz$SY^*3_HRPzuAg*[email protected]ng.

(Cover Photo: Han Kuo-yu / Facebook)