Around 30 same-sex couples in Taipei, Taiwan symbolically tied the knot down the road from the presidential palace Saturday in a symbolic mass "wedding banquet" intended to push the government to recognize same-sex marriages.
From Focus Taiwan:
A mass wedding that attracted over 1,000 people was held in downtown Taipei on Saturday, amid a push by local civic groups to legalize all forms of civil partnerships, including same-sex marriage, in Taiwan...
The alliance also hoped that the banquet would drive up support for an amendment that would legalize gay marriage, civil partnerships, and the adoption of children by diverse families in Taiwan.
The proposed legislation is set to be submitted to the Legislative Yuan later this month.
Participants sat around tables decorated with red cloths printed with the Chinese character for “wedding”, as they had dinner and watched a video recording of local celebrities showing support as well as live performances in a makeshift banquet venue in a square outside the presidential office in Taipei.
“This looks likes a traditional wedding scene and even if it’s not real, I think a picture is worth a thousand words and I hope we will get more public attention and support for same-sex marriages,” said Richard Chen, a 22-year-old student from Taipei.
According to The China Post, a poll from the United Daily News shows that 55 percent of the population are in favour of same-sex marriage, with 37 percent opposed. Though that same poll also pointed out that 61 percent of respondents would not accept their children if they were gay.
"Taiwan is considered one of the more liberal countries in Asia in terms of homosexual issues and hosts one of the largest gay pride parades in Asia each year," according to The China Post.
Tokyo, Japan is celebrating tonight after beating out Madrid and Istanbul as the host of the 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympics.
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A lawsuit filed by a mother in South Carolina alleges that a teacher in South Carolina's Charleston County School District bullied a gay student to the point at which he attempted suicide. It says the school district failed to adequately put an end to or prevent the teacher's actions, WCIV reports:
According to court filings from Aug. 30, the West Ashley High School math teacher is not named as a defendant but his name fills the pages in the filing, alleging during the spring, he told called the plaintiff gay in front of other students on a daily basis. The student's attorney said the 16-year-old student is still undergoing treatment and has withdrawn from school to be home-schooled.
The student was called "gay," "gay boy," "Mrs. Pete," and "Mrs. Peter," according to the lawsuit.
The suit alleges the teacher also encouraged other members of the class to pick on and belittle the plaintiff. The student reportedly felt like he could not report the bullying to school administrators and "could not appeal to any of his classmates due to the alienation and isolation."
The bullying got so bad the student tried to take his own life by hanging, the suit alleges.
The lawsuit seeks damages and a jury trial.
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Euronews reports that at least one of the LGBT activists who met with President Obama yesterday in St. Petersburg felt "let down" by his meeting with the President, because Obama said he had to consider his overall relationship with Russia.
Said Igor Kochetkov of the Russian LGBT Network:
"The President said he can't prioritize human rights in his relationship with Russia because there are other issues as well. I disagree with the President because, in my view, by doing so, we narrow our chances of cooperation in other areas."
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Ben Cooper of LaunchPhotography took this amazing long-exposure shot from Rockefeller Center of a NASA rocket carrying LADEE, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer robotic probe. It's the first deep space mission from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia and was visible from a huge portion of the East Coast. LADEE will orbit the moon to collect information about its atmosphere and environmental influences on lunar dust.
Watch the rocket launch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Did you see it last night?