Lee Jia-fen, wife of presidential hopeful Han Kuo-yuwfcsH9k)@2e(5u&2o*gw1XsG+UhoK%C1)j#[email protected], 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.
Current president, Tsai Ing-wen, who is up for reelection against Han, signed a bill in May l_IEW-AI)3crKazhF#J0krZDD5UCX^^FXxVZZa8kqx8$ImHmn*that affords same-sex couples similar rights to heterosexual couples.
But Lee on Sunday said young mothers complained LGBT education was “very chaotic” following the new l4FkCGXFqBQk)$0EPl#mY(j7K-H95v8S_bmF-t*!BAtE!J!HKWEaw. 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 explo[email protected]$3cA8Wg##@ilsP&07Bnt2(821UWB^Jd45#&BtFs059F$Rnpited”. She did not mention who was exploiting same-sex marriage and how they were doing so.
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After court rulings, refere+i_as5G*0XNU4wBD&si&ZYUli(!%hX+RlY$1dKVMd2-H5mx+mCndums, and drama in parliament, Taiwan on 17 May finally enacted a bill that allowed same-sex couples to marry.
But, in a bitterly-fought referendum, most Taiwanese citizens opted for a separate marriage law rather than changing the civil code which would have broughtJ&%JTKcqiT&S_$-B2=svo91shoB81UQ0oJExOyst#GDTvTt2d1 genuine equality.
LGBTI rights campaigners accused conservative and Christian groups of running a well-funVl2#Xr7Fz5M%M76L-*%xOEr-K=yQFz&!6lRvjfmKuiq-#)R&f6ded campaign of hate and scare-mongering.
Taiwan voters also voted against Taiwan's Gender Equity EduyWt97$U*Yz*SU5QIR^8V!dgvtPY6TQ&pDCpoK7-DI%kSfURZ4Ocation which educates school children about diverse genders and sexualities.
But, it does not afford them exactly the same2$xe&Vd+_v6NqGr4_Ccf)jjWj^QuyknAa4F8$GgeGAc-Yor)^_ 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.J)xJ)^4bdi!yY1JEdgaxMfBa(s9qVC33mRvgB*%dzBD$9%LzBH For a foreign national to marry in Taiwan, same-sex marriage must be legal in their own country.
Taiwan’s parliament appro5LPMkNRdQP)qbv)0ihS0UU^5vx*YfV6OM^5BB#znMQvD%_X4bTved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday 17 May. It voted in favor of a government bill offering same-sex couples similar rights to opposite-sex couples after years of court rulings, referendums, and tussles in parliament.
The government bill, which largely avoids the term ‘marriage’, has beenY3U=EDP+$l$By+b(p4xLKZRh7FE(ue!!Ma8mRAdAGwEIwgV9WK 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.
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