Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2013-09-07 04:13 PM
The Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights said it would set up 120 tables on the wide tree-lined boulevard leading up to the building in a reconstruction of a traditional Taiwanese banquet known as ‘bando.’ An estimated 30 gay couples were expected to take part in a wedding ceremony, reports said.
TAPCPR President Victoria Hsu said the event was a message to government and lawmakers to support the cause of marriage equality and to pass the necessary laws quickly. She said there should be legislation to introduce gay marriage, civil partnerships and adoption.
The laws needed to be amended to provide similar protection to gay couples in cases related to insurance, inheritance and adoption, activists said.
The TAPCPR emphasized that it was not only campaigning for the legalization of gay marriage, but also against what it called a too narrow concept of marriage in existing legislation.
Practical problems included the impossibility of having a child adopted by two persons at the same time and the inability of a gay person to sign the authorization for his partner’s surgery, activists said.
The TAPCPR has proposed three items of legislation, related to marriage equality, partnership and family respectively.
A number of lawmakers have said they will support the proposals. Opposition Democratic Progressive Party legislators Yu Mei-nu, Lin Chia-lung and Hsiao Bi-khim were likely to speak out in favor once the Legislative Yuan returned from summer recess later this month, reports said.
A poll published last month showed that 53 percent of the public supported gay marriage, more than double the level recorded by a similar survey a decade earlier. Of respondents between the ages of 20 and 29, 78 percent approved of gay marriage, of those with a university degree, more than 70 percent did, and of people without any religious affiliation, 58 percent did, the survey showed.
More than 80,000 people signed a petition supporting the cause, while several prominent singers and entertainers would contribute items for an auction at Saturday’s event, reports said.
Nevertheless, aides to the lawmakers supporting gay marriage had been targeted by opponents, the Chinese-language United Evening News reported Saturday. Assistants said that religious groups might have launched a campaign telling followers to call them to present similar arguments against gay marriage. The campaign had grown worse in the run-up to the banquet, with callers reading prepared texts rather than exchanging reasonable arguments with the legislative aides, the newspaper said.