Why Taiwan LGBT vote must not make Hong Kong lose heart on gay rights

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11/27/2018

Yes. It is discouraging to see the LGBT community in Taiwan lose its reference battle on the passing of same-sex marriage laws (“Taiwan’s image as LGBT beacon hit by same-sex marriage rebuff”, November 25) But if I may extend a word of encouragement, I genuinely think our identity, or our pursuit of the right to love, is not defined by other people’s votes. Even if the majority do not agree with us or join us in our fight, the LGBT community can still live proudly in this new era. However, as legislator Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee has pointed out, the concept of marriage as the union of a man and a woman is a Christian belief, not a traditional Chinese custom. Hong Kong and China are officially non-religious, so why would the Hong Kong government acquiesce to religious values but not protect the rights of the LGBT community?

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