TAIWAN: Marriage Passes First Of Three Legislative Readings As Christian Protesters Scream [VIDEO]

The Nikkei Asian Review reports:

The first draft of a bill on same-sex marriage won approval from the parliament’s judiciary committee on Monday, opening up the possibility of Taiwan becoming the first in the Asia-Pacific region to let gay couples wed.

Following its successful first reading, the bill will undergo cross-party negotiations. But it has also drawn protests, and whether it will become law remains uncertain.

Yu Mei-nu, a member of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and a key sponsor of the bill, told the Nikkei Asian Review that she hopes for a second reading in late April. In Taiwan, a bill requires three readings to become law.

“We are opening the door to allow gay friends to be able to express their love so that everyone can pursue happiness,” Yu told hundreds of cheering activists outside the parliament right after the bill passed the committee stage.

Hundreds of Christian protesters chanted outside Parliament as today’s committee ruled. One protester reportedly managed to enter the room where the judiciary committee was meeting. The protester screamed at committee members until she was dragged out by the police.

  • Lazycrockett

    Stupid Christians.

  • bkmn

    Zero Christians will be harmed by this law (perceived butthurt does not count as harm).

    • TuuxKabin

      It’s more of a ‘ttude, a certain look.

    • Phil2u

      Taiwan is in some respects similar to South Korea. It has a progressive society in general, but there are large numbers of rabid Christians (of the evangelical Protestant variety….thank you, Baptist missionaries) who would like nothing more than a theocracy.

      • Robincho

        Just returned from both countries. You are correct…

      • Danieruw

        Only 4.5% of Taiwan’s population is Christian, which is just over 1 million people (out of 23.5 million). They just happen to be very loud and complete jerks.

        • Phil2u

          Indeed. Most Taiwanese and South Koreans claim no religious affiliation. But, as you have noted, the Christians voice loudly and belligerently.

      • KnownDonorDad

        Ha! I love this one – perfectly summarizes why they’re so upset.

  • Bill Post #draintheswamp

    Christians ?? ..the same ones walking past the poor begging, opposing healthcare for all, judging unwed mothers and calling them whores… You mean those Christians?

    • Silver Badger

      Yep. Those “christians”.

    • Guest

      Come on now! Can’t you just feel the persecution they have to suffer since they do not get their own way? /s

      Someday I will see a real journalist call out someone like Tony PerKKKins showing there are Christians who suffer real persecution, in places like the middle East.

      Ever notice the entitlement these people have to do things like go into north Korea and then expect governments to help them. I say tell the pot bellied pig with hair (OK, that is the only time I have or will ever agree with Rush Limbaugh and yes, it was about this dictator’s father) to keep them, we do not want them. Then those Christians can really be persecuted.

    • JT

      Yes, the christofascists.

  • FAEN

    Dear silly ‘Christians’-if you don’t believe in marriage equality don’t marry a gay person. Yes it’s THAT simple.

    And no Baby Jeebus never said a word about gayness.

    PS-the same goes for abortion. Don’t believe in it? Don’t have one. Presto.

    • canoebum

      Being a control freak is part of the whole “Christian” package. You don’t like it so no one else can have it. Fucking childish.

    • kat

      Whatever Jeebus did or didn’t say is completely and utterly irrelevant to the law. The opinions of Jeebus are as legally meaningless as the opinions of Cap’n Crunch and the Ninja turtles.

  • margaretpoa

    I guess the word “Christian” is a synonym for “hater” in more cultures than our own. Good to know they’re consistent in their hypocritical despising of everybody not them.

  • TuuxKabin
  • Do Something Nice

    I wonder how this plays with Trump’s anti-China and apparently pro-Taiwan politics, especially with his mostly anti-gay cabinet and advisors.

  • BearEyes

    1st reading is encouraging knowing there’s much work to be done yet. I do bristle at the “to allow gay friends” statement and hope it’s a mis-translation.

    • MagsTW

      Yes. He would likely have said “comrade” in Chinese, which is how gay people refer to themselves in Taiwan

  • Sam_Handwich

    oh no, it’s the end of the world again

    • TuuxKabin

      oh good, i missed it last time ’round.

  • T-Batwoman

    It is mind boggling that people think their beliefs supersede others rights, it is incomprehensible.

    • Phil2u

      It is the history of religions from the rise of the Abrahamic ones, if not before, to strive to eliminate any other form of thought or belief.

    • StillALiberal

      As a cynical atheist I often think that the whole point of any religion is to give the believer an sense of moral superiority over others, otherwise what is the point of being member of the believers “club” ?

      • T-Batwoman

        I guess that have to get something back for all the money they pour into supporting opulance…..

      • KnownDonorDad
        • StillALiberal

          Interesting cake..er take on religion there!

  • kaydenpat

    Good news on Boxing Day!

  • Robincho

    All righty then! I say it’s time to Taiwan on!…

  • Ninja0980

    How long it will be before the first Muslims would be killing us so Christians aren’t as bad post appears?
    Here’s the thing, being told I should accept having no rights under the law and be grateful I’m not dead is really not a good argument to make.

    • Silver Badger

      Hint: Stay away from tall buildings when in Muslim countries.

      • djcoastermark

        Better yet, to be safe, stay away from most countries prone to do such things.

        • Silver Badger

          Works for me!

    • Friday

      Really, someone that wants to keep punching me in the face doesn’t get to claim “Well, someone else would do worse so I’m righteous.”

    • KnownDonorDad

      I see it all the time among the alt-white and Religious Right – well, other countries kill you, so be grateful!

  • Gustav2

    35.1% Buddhist
    33% Taoist
    14–18% are non-religious.
    3.5% Yiguandao
    2.6% Protestant
    1.3% Roman Catholic.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan

    • Friday

      You’d think people would consider not-importing Christianity etc considering how much it’s supposed to mean getting bent out of shape about someone else’s weddings.

      • Mihangel apYrs

        “missionaries”, many , with all the bigotry that bringsfrom the USA, go out to these countries to re-evengalise them

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Cry you little Christian bitches, cry.

  • Just finished reading “Love Wins” By Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell, quite a lovely read, very tearful when John Arthur passes. But what struck me the most about the fight thru the ballot box and the courts was how little the right had to bolster their argument against allowing equal marriage. Their arguments were card houses built on sand.

  • Kruhn

    So Taiwanese Parliament
    LEEEEEEETSSSS GET REAAAADYYY TO RUUUUUUUMMMMMBLEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

    plays Mortal Kombat music >

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2a0cb6e3078b9f0a943079ddb97e20fdd8fdbcab925d4f33179a2650fd50c739.jpg

  • MBear

    *sigh*
    I know they are allies and all, but I am tired of marriage equality being framed in ways such as “…allow gay friends to be able to express their love so that everyone can pursue happiness”.

    This is about equal civil rights.
    Not some ‘special right to pursue happiness’.

    Yes, equal rights make us happy, but that’s not the gig here.
    Guess I’m just bitter, old, & cynical.
    Git offa mah lawn

    • John30013

      I share your concern, but to be fair, I’m guessing that’s a translation from Chinese into Japanese into English. What could possibly go wrong? 🙂

    • Friday

      Well, technically the pursuit of happiness actually is one of those basic rights as of the US Declaration, (which is one a number of countries have adopted as well.)

      Meanwhile, of course, people overseas get taught Christianity or Islam etc mean screaming about the prospect of someone else having a wedding.

    • Mihangel apYrs

      I think that the phraseology used in the FE differs from that of the west, while intending the same sentiments. They don’t intend it to sound patronising, but inclusive and familial (a very important feature of Chinese society)

  • KnownDonorDad

    Have Brian Brown, Scott Lively, and the rest of the usual suspects booked tickets to Taiwan yet?

    • Mihangel apYrs

      I’m not sure that even Taiwanese Crystains would give them the time of day – they are so impolite!!

  • 2patricius2

    Ah, yes. “They will know we are ‘christians’ by our hate…”

  • Stefan Heikel

    This is the first I’m hearing about there being a sense of uncertainty that the law would pass.

  • JCF
  • EdmondWherever

    Surely Donald Trump will call their president to congratulate him?

  • Protesters? Well, maybe. Christian protesters? No…

  • Mike Knife

    Anti-gay Christian Chinese are such drama queens.

  • Mihangel apYrs

    If Taiwan gets it, it will be a lever for Hong Kong, and then maybe the Mainland