TAIWAN: Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Due May 24th

The China Post reports:

Taiwan’s grand justices are poised to make a landmark ruling concerning the constitutionality of a bar on same-sex marriage May 24, its secretariat confirmed Monday.

14 justices heard the arguments from gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei [photo], his attorneys and other government officials last month, over whether the Civil Code’s description of marriage as between a man and a woman contravened the Constitution’s guarantee that “all citizens, irrespective of sex … shall be equal before the law.”

A ruling of the justices could pave the way for Taiwan to become the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. Chi and other LGBT supporters advocate amendments to the Civil Code rather than legislating a separate special law for gay couples, arguing the latter amounts to treating them as second-class citizens.

  • kcken

    Good luck folks! That tidal wave of equality is getting harder and harder to stop.

    • Ben in Oakland

      …In the civilized world.

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  • Ninja0980

    Keeping the fingers crossed for equality in Taiwan, which will be the first Asian country to have equality IF they rule in our favor.

    • vorpal

      I’m hoping it’ll open the floodgates. South Korea’s big opposition is the Evangelical trash, and China has said that they are open to the concept, but that “right now” is just not the right time. This could be the catalyst both needs.

    • And also has the best fights (in the legislative yuan, that is):

      http://multipletext.com/2010/images/1-21_taiwan_parliament.gif

  • FAEN

    Fingers and toes crossed. This will really help the LGBT community in Asia if it passss.

    • Todd20036

      Indeed. Chinese LBGT would have some place to run

      • FAEN

        And hopefully it will start a wave of pro marriage legislation in Asia. Wishful thinking but you never know.

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        I’m way more concerned that the Soviet LGBT do.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    It would be nice if the world could make up in sanity what we lost here.

  • Henry Auvil

    This would be a wonderful breakthrough.

  • Tawreos

    I hope they get the correct decision and I think I may have to visit Taiwan and meet some reporters.

  • Also nice that the DPP, the party currently in power in Taiwan, is pro-Marriage-equality.

  • JCF