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Wed Feb 20, 2019, 10:16 AM

Taiwan government to unveil draft same-sex marriage law

Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS FEBRUARY 20, 2019 / 10:01 AM / UPDATED 16 MINUTES AGO

Taiwan government to unveil draft same-sex marriage law

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan’s government said on Wednesday that it would propose a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Asia’s first such bill amid a heated debate over marriage equality that has divided the self-ruled island.

In November, Taiwan voters opposed marriage equality in a series of referendums, dealing a blow to the island’s reputation for liberalism in Asia. The public votes defined marriage as between a man and a woman and asked for a special law to be enacted for same-sex union.

The proposed law, presented by Taiwan’s cabinet, would grant same-sex couples the right to marriage, newly-appointed premier Su Tseng-chang said in a statement on Facebook late on Wednesday.

In a move to “respect the result of the referendum,” Taiwan’s existing definition for marriage in civil law won’t be altered and a special law would be enacted for same-sex marriage, Su said.

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