(Blogmensgo, gay blog of November 7, 2018) About six months before the deadline set by the Taiwanese Constitutional Court on May 24, 2017 to legalize gay marriage, more than 130,000 people gathered in Taipei for the Taiwan LGBT Pride on Saturday, October 27, 2018. President Tsai Ing-wen, elected in 2016, had made the legalization of gay marriage one of her election promises in 2015. The issue was referred to Parliament in 2017 and voters will vote on it in a referendum on November 24, 2018. In any case, the record number of visitors shows that the Taiwanese Gay Pride is still the largest in Asia – but the upcoming Gay Pride marches in India could attract even more people because homosexuality was recently legalized there.
Here are some impressions of the very successful Gay Pride March in Taiwan:
The Taiwanese president has not kept her election promise of gay marriage. Her government will probably make its LGBT policy dependent on the referendum results: Legalization of same-sex marriage in case of a broad majority vs. implementation of a registered partnership only in case of low participation or a narrow majority.
However, as the LGBT referendums consists of four separate votes plus a number of other issues, it is possible that the results of these referendums may be contradictory. The result of a referendum can only be valid if at least 25% of the voters vote for it.
Here is an impression of the Gay Pride march. Despite a huge crowd, the parade remained very peaceful and organized.
The Taiwanese LGBT associations have of course used the Gay Pride to celebrate, but also to make the government and the population aware of the importance of gay marriage. The main motto for Gay Pride 2018 was: “Tell your story, vote for equality!”
In May 2017, the Constitutional Court ruled that Article 942 of the Taiwanese Civil Code was unconstitutional because it defined marriage exclusively as the union of one man and one woman. At the same time, the Supreme Court called on the government to legalize same-sex marriage by law before May 2019 – otherwise gay marriage would automatically become legal from that date.
Taiwanese law requires both the implementation of the decisions of the Constitutional Court and the binding nature of referendums. If the people vote for gay marriage, the government must submit a bill to parliament.
Frank-S / MensGo