(Blogmensgo, gay blog of January 29, 2016) On January 16, 2016, Tsai Ing-wen was elected president of Taiwan with a majority of 56% of the votes and will be inaugurated on May 20, 2016. One of the central promises of her campaign is legalizing same-sex marriage.
Tsai Ing-wen (59 years old) is known to be very gay-friendly. During the electoral campaign, she stood for equal rights and expressed her intention to legalize gay marriage. For Valentine’s day and Taiwan Pride, she had already published video messages on this subject on her Facebook page.
Here is the very nicely produced and quite sweet video clip for Taiwan Pride 2015:
Although Taiwan is much gay-friendlier than other Asian countries, same-sex couples can only register their partnerships since 2016 in the capital Taipei and since 2015 in Kaohsiung. These partnerships have only been recognized nationwide for a short time and only for certain medical decisions.
According to an online survey conducted from August to October 2015, 71% of the Taiwanese are in favor of same-sex marriage.
The democratic progressive party (DPP, opposition) of the future president now has the majority in parliament. This means that the plan to legalize gay marriage, which had been blocked since 2013 due to the unfavorable majority circumstances, should be implemented very soon.