Taiwan’s Ex-Vice President Calls Same-Sex Marriage ‘Disruptive’

Taiwan’s Ex-Vice President Calls Same-Sex Marriage ‘Disruptive’

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Wu Den-yih, Taiwan’s former vice president criticized the nation’s plan to legalize same-sex marriage.

Wu belongs to the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), which is comparatively more conservative than President Tsai Ing-Wen’s Democratic Progressive Party.

Gay Star News writes:

Wu was on the campaign trail after declaring his candidacy for the chairmanship of the KMT.

Wu said while space should be given to LGBTI people he did not support changing Taiwan’s Civil Code just to support ‘an extremely small minority with a different sexual orientation’.

In December a Taiwanese legislative committee approved a preliminary amendment to article 927 of the Civil Code which could pave the way to marriage equality.

But Wu argued a separate Act should be created to make marriage equality a reality.

‘The nation can work on legislating a specific act regulating same-sex marriages,’ he said.

‘Amending the Civil Code would disrupt the lives of the majority and an ethical order that has been in place for centuries.’

It sounds a bit like legislative hair-splitting. Is Wu really worried about legal particulars, or is this just a smokescreen for a homophobic agenda? (Sort of like how American same-sex marriage opponents claimed that they weren’t against queer people—they just didn’t want to change the traditional definition of marriage.)

Well, either way, Wu’s probably out of luck. With a pro-LGBTQ president and an overall pro-gay population, Taiwan’s plan to legalize same-sex marriage looks very likely to come to pass.

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