Hundreds of people have taken to Taipei’s streets to call for the legalisation of same-sex marriage.
GLBT activists have taken to Taipei’s streets to demand marriage equality in Taiwan. The march was largely peaceful, but ended in some activists throwing water balloons at the headquarters of the ruling party they believe is blocking a proposed amendment to the law according to a number of media reports.
Reuters reports that there is growing anger that the ruling Nationalist party has not acted on the issue. “Taiwan society has reached the point of acceptance of gay marriage,” said protester Rafael Tsai. “It’s a shame our politicians don’t seem to be on the same level as the people.”
Taiwan is one of Asia’s most gay friendly places and features a vibrant social scene and little overt discrimination. Recent polls have also shown a majority in favor of same sex marriage.
While there may be growing support for marriage equality in the island nation, reform seems unlikely in the short term.
“There’s a huge generational split on the issue,” said Mei-Nu Yu, main author of the stalled marriage bill.
“The opponents mostly come from the older generation, who also happen to be the most heavily represented among lawmakers.”
Article | Levi Joule.