Gay Marriage Issue: Taiwanese People Start Protest under US Influence

Right now, the legalization of gay marriage in the United States of America is one of the most controversial issues in the world. People have been going crazy over the US Supreme Court’s ruling. Some appreciated the gesture and some did not. Not that the US government really cares, but this ruling has stirred up hopes in homosexual people all over the world. So Taiwanese people decided to take the first step and they are now protesting for same-sex marriage legalization in Taiwan.

The recent decision by The US Supreme Court incited the movement for gay marriage legalization in Taiwan, where a homosexual marriage legalization bill has already been held up in the Parliament.

Months before the upcoming 2016 election, thousands of protesters marched through Taipei on Saturday. There is a good chance that in the next election a pro-gay party will be elected and Taiwan could be the first Asian country to legalize gay marriage. Opinion polls indicate that a majority of the people are in favour of homosexual marriage, and a recent study by the Ministry of Justice supports legalization.

Protesters used rainbow flags and rainbow coloured umbrellas as well as lit candles when they rallied between the Parliament and the headquarters of the two main political parties. Their slogan was “gay votes are still votes”, Reuters reports. According to AFP and Reuters, they are going bananas over the issue because they believe that the ruling party is holding against an amendment that could legalize homosexual marriage in Taiwan. According to AFP, they also threw water balloons at the headquarter of the ruling party.

Although Taiwan is one of the most gay-friendly places in Asia and discrimination against them is almost nonexistent, there is no social recognition for the homosexual couples and many young people refuse to come out to their parents. The primary cause of this is a great gap between the generations. That is also the reason why the government never even thought of legalizing gay marriage.

“There is a huge generation split on the issue.”, Mei-Nu Yu, the main author of the stopped bill told Reuters. She further added that the opponents of the bill are mostly from older generation.

The opposition party (Democratic Progressive Party, DPP) in the upcoming election supports gay right more that the ruling Nationalist party. However, the people of Taiwan, especially the young generation, are greatly dissatisfied with their governance.

On the other hand, the protests of the Taiwanese people have not attracted any response from the mainland of China. Although the large Chinese cities have a flourishing gay culture, the government has no intention of legalizing homosexual unions in the near future.

Representatives from both the Nationalist party and DPP addressed that protesters and expressed their support. This issue has now become a primary electoral criterion in the upcoming election. Now it’s time to wait and see if Taiwanese people manage to create history.



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