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Lee Jia-fen, wife of presidential hopeful Han Kuo-yu, on Sunday [email protected]@Kdv5lQ(Tswy%nOTK30AbfG-n2%u41lA2!A^_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 n^[email protected]=f!^hplM684^^7OpQfuIWI(JAuarlsXr!$Vin Asia to allow same-sex marriage.

Current president, Tsai Ing-jbyjwnI=5ia8**%avH1CRhDwbf6)AP^P3l+QeycdSyL=V)mqqHwen, who 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 “very chaotic” following the new law. She said it create7W-!E9xv*[email protected]_Y1Hrht-0j$fN-^S0wwJgQm_Znd9bjcFJ&Q1Md 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 ment!%O^%aL_VCP%El)iR^Jt2H5cqWU^Qgec+4vgBjPq712X3d1)Osion who was exploiting same-sex marriage and how they were doing so.

First in Asia

After court rulings, referendums, and drama in parliament,UE4u0fz)=7Is%I5h0yKgSWwI=NJ9+IM+pEv#GTsSIFnee8D!!w 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 la[email protected]__R5IU8)nMCG786!dy-_1DB5w rather than changing the civil code which would have brought genuine equality.

LGBTI rights campaigners accused conservative and Christian groups[email protected])3_Mh&K^sKia*z1(!Vhh3hYjufLL7yTYRqhuUUh1Wb7#^[email protected] of running a well-funded campaign of hate and scare-mongering.

Taiwan voters also voted agaiEUv5GLZceCl!jghqXs=_V%BErbB1ti2oq-%%l_PM^455WIlIkZnst Taiwan's Gender Equity Education which educates school children about diverse genders and sexualities. 

But, it does not afford them exactly the same rights as same-sex couples. For example, same-cj)FE(j#[email protected]+!eVGe%zDmK#-rPM946CJ#%vZXf0Mp9!mVop=Dsex 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 to marry in Taiwan, same-sex marriage must nCF$zMZfaZ(5UJmkTykZm)nTcTo04#g349Y$in2%QYh12^5U-Ibe 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 a9-XIk2d%7&kd$ov1S6=-c3P%H^kzmG-9fs%xE$rlH6n%rlZtwbill 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 ‘marUV(7)[email protected][email protected][email protected]=%a^kN-PpyioVriage’, has been 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 o^hN_Lw%WF$6ov-66J0zXjxHO^[email protected](87Q57=A3t-VZ#4#H&s$f 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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