Thursday, February 21, 2019

Taiwan Government to unveil draft same-sex marriage law


Taiwan presented Asia’s first draft law on same-sex marriage that would grant similar legal protections to same-sex couples as heterosexual ones.

The rights and obligations applied to opposite-sex couples under the existing regulations in the Civil Code will also be applied to same-sex couples.

The draft has been sent to the Legislative for review. Taiwan’s parliament is expected to take a final vote on the proposals by 24 May, a deadline for legislation set by the Constitutional Court’s ruling.

The draft law includes provisions that encompass inheritance rights, medical rights, mutual support and financial obligations, adoption of biological children of one spouse, and divorce.

Taiwan’s Constitutional Court voted to legalize marriage equality in 2017 on the basis that it was unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples marriage rights. The government was given until May 2019 to implement the ruling, which did not specify how to adopt it.

It's time Taiwan!!!


Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's President, supports same-sex marriage