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Debate in Taiwan draft law on equal marriage

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According to the amendment, the terms "man and wife", "husband and wife" and "father and mother" in the Civil Code will be changed to neutral terms of gender, as "two sides", "spouse" and "fathers "respectively

A proposed amendment to the Civil Code of the Republic of China that aims to legalize marriage between same sex became a hot topic in the Legislative Yuan on December 22. By submitting this bill to a committee of the Legislature considers this the first time that such a law has been evaluated at parliamentary level in any country in East Asia.

The lawmaker of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, Cheng Li-chiun, who is one of those who proposed the bill, said in a session of the Committee on Law and Judiciary and Organic Laws, it is the responsibility of the Legislature to make changes to laws discriminatory or unfair.

"No one should be deprived of their rights at birth to be at the same height as other only because of psychological or biological differences," said Cheng, who referred to the current system in Taiwan, which like many other countries, recognizes only marriages a man and a woman.

"If we can not break the cycle of discrimination, then we will become victims of discrimination due to their differences," said Cheng.

According to the amendment, the terms "man and woman", "husband and wife" and "father and mother" in the Civil Code will be changed to neutral terms of gender, as "two sides", "spouse" and "fathers "respectively.

The review carried out on 22 consisted only of an interpellation among lawmakers and government officials, as the law has not advanced to a review article by article. The Act must pass three readings in the Legislature before being sent to the President for his signature.

The bill that would legalize marriage between same sex and married allow gay couples to adopt children, was approved by the Legislature in first reading last year, and was sent to the said Committee for evaluation.

However, until recently, the bill had been shelved due to opposition from religious, such as the Alliance of Religious Groups Family Taiwan, convened a press conference ahead of the Legislature in hours groups earlier the same day 22 to express their opposition to the amendment.

traslation: Belén Zapata