NOM president Brian Brown was in Taiwan to support a Christianist campaign for a referendum to overturn the coming court-ordered legalization of same-sex marriage.
Channel News Asia reports:
Conservative campaigners on Tuesday (Aug 28) threw a roadblock in the path to legalizing same-sex unions in Taiwan, proposing a public vote on the issue and saying any reforms would jeopardize “family values.” Taiwan’s top court ruled in May 2017 that preventing same-sex marriage was unconstitutional and gave a two-year deadline for its legalization – which would make the island the first place in Asia to do so.
The anti-gay marriage Happiness of the Next Generation Alliance submitted a referendum petition to election authorities on Tuesday to try to prevent the civil code from being amended to recognize same-sex partnerships. If successful, the move may instead require a separate law to be enacted for civil unions between same-sex couples – a move that gay marriage campaigners say would be discriminatory and offer fewer legal protections.
The petition collected more than 678,000 signatures. If vetted and approved by the Central Election Commission, the referendum will be held to coincide with local elections in November. Referendum proposals in Taiwan are put to a public vote if they are supported by 1.5 percent of the electorate – a little over 280,000 signatures. Plebiscites are legally binding and the government is obliged to propose laws that reflect their results.
As you’ll see below, Brown brags about his “success” in repealing same-sex marriage in California via the Prop 8 referendum.