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Thousands Run For Same-Sex Marriage And Gay Rights In Taiwan

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An estimated 3,500 people took part in a rainbow run in Taiwan last Saturday in support of same-sex marriage and gay rights, reports GayNZ.com

The 15 kilometer run aimed “to bring attention to social issues related to gender diversity, anti-discrimination and changing the family system to better understand and in support of gay marriage and equal rights.”

The event was organized by the founders of skincare company Abrazo K, who said in a statement:

“We now can feel how much meaning this event had.

“In the face of love, everyone is the same. Everyone longs to love and to be loved, so why should that differentiate between genders?

“I, myself, am a heterosexual, but I really have experienced the feeling of longing to be loved. It is also for this reason that we stand out and embrace love with everyone today.”

In October, an estimated 70,000 people took part in Taiwan Pride, the biggest pride event in Asia.


70,000 Attend Taiwan Pride 2014 - VIDEO

Taiwan Pride 2014

An estimated 70,000 people attended the LGBT Pride Parade in Taiwan on October 25th, reports Global Voices.

The number of people taking part was one of the largest since the parade was first held in 2003, making Taiwan Pride the biggest in Asia.

With this year’s theme ‘Walk in Queers’ Shoes,’ the event featured voices from marginalized LGBT groups including physically disabled people, HIV-positive people and sex workers.

A marriage equality bill was presented by the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights in 2012. Although the proposed law passed the first reading in October 2013, the legislative process was suspended following a massive mobilization of opponents.

Gay rights activists this month began pushing legislators to resume implementation of the legislation. A public hearing for the bill was held on October 16.

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Scientists Name New Snail Species in Honor of Marriage Equality and Gay Rights

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Scientists in Taiwan have named a new species of land snail in honor of the fight for same-sex marriage rights, according to a report in the journal Zookeys.

The snail species , thought to be part of a species discovered in 1884, turns out to be genetically independent, Chih-Wei Huang and his collaborators at Department of Life Science, National Taiwan Normal University discovered:

"When we examined the phylogeny from each gene," Huang says, "it suggested that the eastern A. subchinensis was more closely related to A. vermis, a similar land snail species inhabited in Ishigaki Island, than the western A. subchinensis."

They confirmed that what was thought to be A. subchinensis from eastern Taiwan was in fact a new species, which they named as A. diversifamilia. The name means the diverse forms of human families.

"When we were preparing the manuscript," Dr. Lee explains, "it was a period when Taiwan and many other countries and states were struggling for the recognition of same-sex marriage rights. It reminded us that Pulmonata land snails are hermaphrodite animals, which means they have both male and female reproductive organs in single individual. They represent the diversity of sex orientation in the animal kingdom. We decided that maybe this is a good occasion to name the snail to remember the struggle for the recognition of same-sex marriage rights."


Taiwan Court Rejects Gay Couple’s Marriage Appeal

A Taiwanese court has rejected a gay couple’s appeal against a government agency for refusing to register their marriage, The Standard reports:

TaiwanGay rights activist Chi Chia-wei and his partner filed a complaint with the Taipei High Administrative Court last year against a government agency that turned them away when they tried to register their marriage. 

The court on Thursday ruled in favor of the agency, saying it did not violate the law which stipulates that "a marriage contract should be between a man and a woman''. Chi has launched multiple legal bids to seek recognition of his marriage since 1986 but all have been rejected.

"The government is outdated and makes no progress over the years. This case concerns not just me but the welfare of all homosexual people. This is unfair and I will appeal,'' Chi said. 

In a statement, Taiwan LGBT Family Rights Advocacy said the following: 

"We regret and are deeply saddened by the ruling ... which shows that Taiwan stands still after 20 years while the United States and European countries are moving to support gay marriages''

Legislative proposals that would legalize same-sex marriage and allow married couples to adopt children were introduced late last year, which led to widespread anti-gay protests in the East Asian state. 


Tens Of Thousands Protest Gay Marriage In Taiwan: VIDEO

Taiwan marriage protest

Even though the president of Taiwan is on record saying that he respects gay marriage, tens of thousands of his citizens do not share his sentiment and took to the streets outside the Presidential Office on Saturday to protest same-sex marriage and proposed changes to partnership rights.

TaipeiFollowing the tactic used in many other countries, particularly the U.S. and Russia, protesters hid behind children and cited personal religious beliefs as defense for their opposition. A more unique protest comes from The Coalition for the Happiness of Our Next Generation, a group which fears that the legalization of same-sex marriage will result in "sexual liberation."

The proposal to legalize same-sex marriage and allow adoption by gay couples is only one of three that sparked Saturday's protest. The other two seek to establish a civil partnership system and a system that would recognize multiple unrelated people as a family unit.

There was also a large counterprotest.

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Taiwan's President 'Respects' Gay Marriage, Which Is Still Illegal

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On Friday in a meeting with foreign correspondants in Taipei, Taiwan's president Ma Ying-jeou expressed his support for gay marriage in his country.

Ying-jeou noted that when he was mayor of Taipei 15 years ago it was one of the only cities in the world that had a budget for supporting gay rights activities and is now one of the most gay-friendly cities in Asia. However, heterosexual marriage in Taiwan developed over thousands of years of history and Ying-jeou lamented that advancing gay marriage, which is still illegal in the country, is going to take "a high degree of consensus".


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