Lee Jia-fen, wife of presidential hopeful Han Kuo-yu, on Sunday said same-sex maa!q(9B)Yqlgy#[email protected]_ll+64XZGA9lkVyUu2ImNFQR%8YWDrriage 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 MDOSkOMd6TCaO4-VwABmEolQAH3f5+ZOHkuwwujuf+vNMERZmh7ay became 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 couples similar rights to heterosexual cyPROzNDu(6$c&^#[email protected](ZRPxsF0U)IVwCLMQkouples.
But Lee on Sunday sa=Z8L2X5Hvd%5LvzAg6Qm%#!78o#E(JkTw9GyVFlAev3j%MCttnid young mothers complained LGBT education was “very chaotic” following the new law. She said it created problems for their education.
“Those in favor [of same-sex marriage] should also respect heterosexuals” Lee told the audience on Sunday.
Lee also said she had homosexual friends who are “kind and good” but “were being exploited”. She did not mention who was exploiting same-sex vzLwC5Dng6A7RCfb_Iz^[email protected]_fO0FbhQu%(fL-^i$ER!hLsPgmarriage and how they were doing so.
First in Asia
After court rulings, referendums, and drama in parliament, Taiwa[email protected]&TUGEbQ_Uo)Mm9!t!Piwp8ciXpXn on 17 May finally enacted a bill that allowed same-sex couples to marry.
But, in a bitterly-foum==vR5b3v(XQe#Y_$U(f4^[email protected]^mB+g)9)ght referendum, most Taiwanese citizens opted for a separate marriage law rather than changing the civil code which would have brought genuine equality.
LGBTI rights campaigpq3nC8=dk8xMbWC+dS8j_Wv*[email protected]ners accused conservative and Christian groups of running a well-funded campaign of hate and scare-mongering.
Taiwan voters also voted against Taiwan's Gender Equity Edu([email protected]+orNK0PcIcz#g65hhFvRfeS!GN=cation which educates school children about diverse genders and sexualities.
But, it does not afford them exactly the same rights as same-sex couples. FoG6wqYo-CH_9^@WsLOb!_XjlZOLH+%W7o%TL9rzmpKP**[email protected]r example, same-sex couples may only adopt a child if it is the biological child of one of the couple.
The bill also limits transnational marriages. For a foreign nalfL5_a7*H4PxJ#[email protected]_^R5ufQ9VTSC7vmdlnoPGmaLe=Q*B+7tional to marry in Taiwan, same-sex marriage must be legal in their own country.
Taiwan’s parliament approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage on Frid@mK)ac#6E0yEFCB51eg6RT&R*&Z*ewEPAxq58*JNK6mc^!JXg6ay 17 May. It voted in favor of a government bill offering same-sex couples similar rights to opposite-sex couples after years of court rulings, referendums, and tussles in parliament.
The government bill, which largely avoids the term ‘marriage’, has been labelled a comp4K#u3gnK$cF=mrPjJxMoeTNRvbm4)T_P=P7VF5UM=caFB=lKiGromise 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 i!kh8a7fF18+4&Y!1jzrON2SV%DY(NY&Ys)9u3T^q2RaH4=r2_93 lawmakers voting for the bill, 66 opposing, and 27 abstaining.
(Cover Photo: Han Kuo-yu / Facebook)