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Taiwan's Ministry Of Justice Researching Marriage Equality In Asia

TaipeiWell aware that marriage equality is the wave of the future, Taiwan's government is enlisting academics to look into how to integrate same-sex nuptials or unions into the country's laws and traditions.

The initial research, organized by the Ministry of Justice, looked West to Germany, Canada and France, but activists demanded the government look closer to home, the Taipei Times reports.

[Chung Jui-lan, deputy director-general of the ministry’s Department of Legal Affairs] said the ministry decided to study Asian countries’ attitudes to same-sex marriage after critics of such unions questioned why the ministry had left Asian countries out of its May study, given that they are more similar to Taiwan than Western nations.

The study will also cover topics such as whether to revise the Civil Code if same-sex marriage if legalized or if passing a civil partnership act would be more viable than outright legalization, Chung said.


The report released by the ministry in May concluded that the Registered Same-Sex Partnership Regime adopted by Germany offers “a better common ground and a compromise solution between the marriage equality groups and those who are opposed to same-sex marriages.”

The system initially gave unequal rights to same-sex registered partners compared with married couples, but has improved the rights of the former through amendments to the law over the years.

As the Ministry of Justice launches this study, a court is considering whether gay couple Kao Chih-wei and Nelson Chen, whose 2006 wedding remains unrecognized, can go ahead with a lawsuit against the ban. If they win the suit, they'll be the first same-sex married couple in relatively liberal Taiwan, the paper notes.

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  1. In Asian nations without an Islamist nor Christianist history I wonder how this will play out.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Dec 16, 2012 1:39:20 PM

  2. There will still be a large cultural resistance. Asia is *huge* about family. Whereas American religionist only pay lip service to the day, many Asian cultures take it very seriously. Actions by the children reflect back on the family and can dishonor them. Saving face in front of others is most important. And children are of course expected to produce grand children.

    Posted by: Steve | Dec 16, 2012 2:05:31 PM

  3. On the other-hand, Steve,

    Asian countries will be more willing to accept same-sex marriage if it has equal status as heterosexual marriage. Asian families are more concerned with "progeny and power" than the institution of marriage itself.

    Guaranty parents a child and marriage into the right family, and that is all they really care about!

    Posted by: BRAINS | Dec 16, 2012 2:50:57 PM

  4. America will soon become the cultural primitive of industrialized nations as it regresses into its Theocracy!

    Posted by: BRAINS | Dec 16, 2012 2:53:36 PM

  5. It is interesting that they don't frame this as a question of equality. We never heard UK or France did any studies in other countries. They seem to regard this as something fashionable to do.

    Posted by: simon | Dec 16, 2012 11:31:23 PM

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