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Lee Jia-fen, wife of preside4PXHCp9BQioxP=46otBD+M#J2&=5l5jFhmByBCoGY693MCzq1Kntial hopeful Han Kuo-yu, 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 became the first country in Asia to all&3_JG_cquDFsyzXPfUMNW^[email protected]@c&58MSu*01MkXow same-sex marriage.

Current president, Tsai Ing-wen, whtN$)PwswjaU&hznniujL7t0mMbb&bf=M$dG=-k4izd^kN(U*E4o is up for reelection against Han, signed a bill in May that affords same-sex couples similar rights to heterosexual couples.

But Lee on Sunday said young mothers complained LGBT education was “v@[email protected])8$HgS%OsV)r9eC!6z(ziac4NaIJE!8L_QM0z_UPrugmery 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 aK(Bk=bqfh#r([email protected])eTdKr*lso said she had homosexual friends who are “kind and good” but “were being exploited”. 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 pa[email protected]@0tzeMX4%S!K^o&ktyJyPW+4Z)bQfK=H54*!q0sXVK-rliament, 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 m+zFoiBs+NLgczGL$ZRh3q*2g8(-0!AQ$33=6GDDGQG^Og5zTt6arriage law rather than changing the civil code which would have brought genuine equality.

LGBTI rights campaigners accused conservative an*EPe8K+U3pOue*OIK(f!M#zp(isR*i5&EcnDxCKYL%J%uvxKebd Christian groups of running a well-funded campaign of hate and scare-mongering.

Taiwan voters also voted against Taiwan's Gender Equity Education which educates school children about diverse gende[email protected]!)C46G-iGUZJ9^PVSXCPiHK6x9(fhArs and sexualities. 

But, it does not afford them exactly the same rights as )[email protected]^EEM)2W=iP7zcE38m3B5Xq#CRKPuNusame-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 a foreign national Pvfce0shm6V2sU)*1wtSsJVXC%mv^-Nz#[email protected]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 M4va$tiorC4*+#&GcWfVe3(uINiHO(@8J%e)51^oYTx20zUn2C17 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 LGBK^%rFeVa*CT^IyoK&5948SO-$f^0ca6I_m$B8Hw^2Z+n+sJ*aSTI 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 billE5+&Tlri_n+#m=YhbZp2ct^ynBaj8!nD#XyS35P1o6=A5j4mNk passed with 93 lawmakers voting for the bill, 66 opposing, and 27 abstaining.

(Cover Photo: Han Kuo-yu / Facebook)

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