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2018-11-24 13:08:10


Taiwan votes overwhelmingly against same-sex marriage & LGBT education

Preliminary results from Taiwan’s historic referendum on marriage equality and LGBT education show Taiwanese citizens opposing both by large margins, according to Taiwan News.

Though the referendums are officially non-binding, they’re likely to affect lawmakers’ decisions heading into the 2019 elections. Regardless, the country must comply with its 2017 Constitutional Court’s ruling legalizing some form of same-sex marriage by May 24, 2019.

Voters had five LGBT referendums on the ballot. Here’s what they said (and their electoral results so far).

– Case No. 10: “Do you agree that marriage defined in The Civil Code should be restricted to the union between one man and one woman?” (70.12% voted yes.)

– Case No. 11: “Do you agree that the Ministry of Education should not implement the Enforcement Rules for Gender Equity Education Act (a 2004 law which requires LGBT-inclusive education) in elementary and middle schools? (64% voted yes, according to Into More.)

– Case No. 12: “Do you agree to the protection of the rights of same-sex couples in co-habitation on a permanent basis in ways other than changing of the Civil Code?” (57.60% voted yes.)

– Case No. 14: “Do you agree to the protection of same-sex marital rights with marriage as defined in the Civil Code?” (30.27% voted yes.)

– Case No. 15: “Do you agree in accordance with “Gender Equality Education Act” that national education of all levels should educate students on the importance of gender equality, emotional education, sex education, same-sex education?” (32% voted yes.)

The vote’s final results are expected November 25 at 2 a.m. Legislators will have 90 days to respond, but it’s possible they’ll do nothing (just as they’ve done since the 2017 court ruling).

Related: Tens of thousands in Trump’s new friend Taiwan march against marriage equality

Anti-LGBT groups spent over $33 million trying to sway public opinion in Taiwan. Three U.S. anti-LGBT organizations in particular — the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), MassResistance and International House of Prayer (IHOP) — helped organize local conservative groups.

In light of Taiwan’s vote, Thailand might actually emerge as the first Asian country to legalize same-sex unions. Thai legislators are considering a controversial civil unions bill that would leave LGBT couples without full marriage equality rights, including the rights to “adoption, joint welfare benefits, taxation or medical consent where a partner is incapacitated.”


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