Taiwanese Premier says same-sex marriage bill will be filed by end of year
The Premier of Taiwan has said a same-sex marriage bill will be sent to the legislature by the end of the year.
Earlier this year, Taiwan became the first Asian country to order its parliament to legalise same-sex marriage.
The highest court in the land in May ruled that Article 972 of the Civil Code, which states that marriage is between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.
And now Premier Lai Ching-te has said Executive Yuan will attempt to have a same-sex marriage bill filed by the end of the current legislative session.
Writing on Facebook, the Premier said the bill will be filed in accordance with the May ruling.
“We will seek the greatest consensus of society in the most active way,” he wrote.
“I support the idea that people who love each other should have the right to be together,” Lai wrote.
Since the ruling, the parliament will now be forced to amend the laws or pass new ones to formalise the decision in favour of marriage equality.
The case leading to the ruling was brought to the court by LGBT rights campaigner Chi Chia-wei.
The long-serving gay activist attempted registering his marriage to his male partner in 2013, but was rejected.
He responded by petitioning for the case to be heard, prompting a legal struggle.
His case was helped by municipal authorities in Taipei seeking clarity over other same-sex marriage requests.
Speaking to AFP before the ruling, Chi said he was “100 percent confident” that the court would rule in favour of same-sex marriage.
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