Tag Archives: Asia

TAIWAN: Taipei City Government To Ask Court To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Asia One reports: The Taipei City Government Department of Civil Affairs yesterday stated its decision to petition to the Constitutional Court to make a decision about whether the Constitution forbids the government from restricting marriage rights from same-sex couples and to seek a decision that would require the government to legalize same-sex marriage. Countries all over the world have started …

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TAIWAN: Government Prepares To Intro Same-Sex Marriage Legislation

The Global Times reports: Taiwan plans to draft a same-sex partnership law to further protect the rights of homosexual couples, making Taiwan likely to become the first region in Asia to legalize gay marriage. Following the US Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage in June, judicial authorities in Taiwan announced recently that they decided to draft a same-sex partnership law …

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SINGAPORE: 28,000 Attend Seventh Annual Pink Dot LGBT Rights Rally

Via Reuters: Singapore’s Pink Dot gay rights rally drew a record number of participants on Saturday, even as the country remains deeply divided over homosexuality. In early evening, a mostly young, pink-donned crowd was filling up the small Hong Lim Park, decked out in hot pink balloons and signs, next to Singapore’s central financial district. The event, in its 7th …

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SOUTH KOREA: Christian Activists Rally Outside Queer Cultural Festival

Citing threats from Christian groups who last year physically blockaded the Seoul Pride parade, last week the Seoul police denied a permit for what would be South Korea’s 16th annual such event. The Korea Queer Cultural Festival kicked off this week anyway, but not without a rabble of Christian protesters who were watched over by about 1000 cops. Via the …

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VIETNAM: Gay Marriage No Longer Banned, But It’s Not Recognized Either

This week Vietnam’s repeal of its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage went into effect. But marriage still isn’t legal or recognized. Same-sex couples can now hold symbolic weddings and cohabitate without interference or fines from authorities. However, they will not receive the same rights as straight married couples, a halfway point some lawmakers have hailed as the first step towards …

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TAIWAN: Pride Parade Draws 70,000

Yesterday the New York Times raved abut the difference between Taiwan and its Asian neighbors: Waving rainbow flags and banners demanding same-sex marriage, the revelers set off from Taiwan’s presidential palace, drawing cheers and thumbs-up from spectators along the way. For the 13th year in a row, the gay pride march took over the streets of the capital on Saturday …

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SINGAPORE: Court Upholds Sodomy Law

Via the Straits Times: The highest court in Singapore has upheld Section 377A of the Penal Code, the law that criminalises sex between men, rejecting arguments that the provision contravenes the Constitution. In ruling that the provision is constitutional, the three-judge Court of Appeal on Wedesday rejected two separate challenges to strike down the law. Gay couple Gary Lim, 46, …

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Kyrgyzstan Set To Ban “Gay Propaganda”

Via Radio Free Europe: Kyrgyzstan’s parliament has approved a draft law that bans “propaganda of same-sex relations” in the first reading. Lawmaker Kurmanbek Dyikanbaev told RFE/RL on October 15 that 79 deputies voted for the legislation, while seven voted against it. The law has to pass the parliament’s approval in two more readings and then be signed by the president …

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PHILIPPINES: Nation’s Largest City OK’s Sweeping Anti-Discrimination Bill

The city council of Quezon City, the largest city in the Philippines, has unanimously approved a bill that outlaws anti-LGBT discrimination. Via Gay Star News: The law was passed unanimously by more than 30 city councilors after a marathon eight-hour session. “This is very special and better than other ordinances, because it not only penalizes actions, but there is also …

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At Vietnam Pride 2014

The third-ever gay pride event was held in Hanoi this weekend. Around 300 activists led a colourful parade through Hanoi on Sunday in the nation’s largest ever gay pride event, as communist Vietnam shows signs of increasing tolerance of sexual difference. The city streets were awash with rainbow flags, as a mainly young crowd cycled and danced through the capital …

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SOUTH KOREA: Seoul Pride Parade Disrupted By Christian Protesters

Seoul’s gay pride parade was disrupted multiple times today when hundreds of Christians laid in the path of the floats and refused to move. According to information provided to Gay Star News by a Ph.D student in South Korea, conservative Christians held mass prayer services during the 7 June event. “To put it simply today was a kind of battle …

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Quote Of The Day – Akie Abe

“There is no difference to importance of love from sexual orientation. There should not be any discrimination because who you love. I am going to raise my voice. If my raised voice could contribute to the pride of LGBT people, there is no greater joy.” – Akie Abe, the First Lady of Japan, speaking today at a gay pride event …

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INDIA: Supreme Court Refuses To Review Ruling That Criminalized Homosexuality

The Indian Supreme Court today refused to reconsider its December decision to reinstate the criminalization of homosexuality. Many had expected the Court to do so after major Indian and international leaders denounced the ruling. Judges dismissed petitions from the government and rights activists who say the order was wrong. The Supreme Court judgement last month overturned a landmark 2009 Delhi …

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MANIF REDUX: Massive Crowd Rallies In Taipei Against Same-Sex Marriage

Waving signs and banners that were clearly lifted from France’s vile Manif Pour Tous, tens of thousands marched in Taiwan’s capital in protest of a proposed bill to legalize same-sex marriage. From Focus Taiwan: The demonstrators, many of whom were parents and children, crowded Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office, raising pink placards that read “Made by Daddy …

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VIETNAM: Gay Wedding Ceremonies Legalized, But Not Same-Sex Marriage

As of yesterday, it’s no longer illegal to stage gay weddings or commitment ceremonies in Vietnam. The south-eastern Asian country has officially allowed same-sex couples to organize weddings and have the right to live together. While the unions won’t be legally recognized, gay rights campaigners believe it is a large step on the path to equal marriage. The Government has …

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At Hong Kong Pride 2013

Gay Star News reports on Hong Kong’s fifth pride parade: Today’s Hong Kong Pride showed the LGBT community there are more visible than ever before. The head of Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunity Commission Dr York Chow addressed the crowd, as did member of the legislative council Cyd Ho. This year, the fifth Hong Kong Pride, saw more corporate sponsorship with …

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VIETNAM: Hundreds Rally For Marriage

Yesterday hundreds rallied in Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi in support of next week’s legislative debate on same-sex marriage. The event was part of the “Toi Dong Y” festival, which translates as “I do,” or “I agree”, organized by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) groups across the country. One participant, 18-year-old Truong Duc Anh, said same-sex marriage is an …

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TAIWAN: Thousands March For Marriage

Tens of thousands marched in Taipei’s gay pride parade today in support of a marriage equality bill under consideration by the Taiwanese legislature. Via Reuters: Taiwan’s legislature on Friday began a review of a gay marriage bill, which has the support of 53 percent of the public, according to a recent opinion poll, though acceptance of a gay family member …

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Thailand To See Marriage Equality Bill

Thailand’s federal government says it is ready to put forth a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. But not in name. “We will put forward the same-sex civil-union bill in Parliament,” Naras Savestanan, director general of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department, announced yesterday with the chair of the House committee on justice and human rights, Viroon Phuensaen, by his side. …

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Vietnam Official Calls For Marriage

An interesting development: Vietnam should legalize same-sex marriage immediately, the deputy minister of health was quoted as saying today by local media. As human beings, homosexuals have the same rights as everyone else to live, eat, love and be loved,” Nguyen Viet Tien told a government meeting discussing the upcoming review of the Marriage and Family Law, newspaper Thanh Nien …

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