Thousands of gay rights supporters marched between parliament and the headquarters of Taiwan’s two main political parties, months ahead of the elections.
Led by the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights, the marchers shouted in front of the ruling Kuomintang’s (KMT’s) headquarters.
Marchers then headed to the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) headquarters urging their lawmakers, who have proposed the marriage equality bill, to make more effort to push the bill through.
Same-sex marriage is becoming a bigger electoral cause for voters, and young people in particular are fed up with politicians’ silence.
The marriage equality bill, which would legalize same-sex marriage and allow married gay couples to adopt children, was reviewed for the first time at the Judiciary Committee in December last year.
The final legislative session that begins in September will be the last chance for the incumbent lawmakers to review and pass the marriage equality bill.
However it has been shelved, largely due to opposition from conservative Christian groups who have formed a network to organize rallies and petition signature collections to lobby against marriage equality.
Same love, same rights!