Photo: Yu Mei-Nu joins Taipei LGBT Pride Parade.

Taiwan’s Pro-LGBTI Lawmaker Explains Why Equal Marriage Has Been ‘Derailed’ in Taiwan


Taiwan’s bid to become the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex unions has been a rocky road. One woman, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Yu Mei-Nu, has been at the center of that ride. Politicians first introduced equal marriage legislation into the parliament a decade ago. And, when President Tsai Ing-Wen and the DPP campaigned in 2016 elections, they promised to equalize marriage. In May 2017, the Constitutional Court ruled the Civil Code’s definition of marriage as between ‘a man and a woman’ was unconstitutional. The country’s highest court gave lawmakers two years to legislate. But Tsai and the DPP were slow to act. And, last month, anti-equal marriage campaigners petitioned the government for a referendum.

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