Gays call for mar­riage equal­ity in Tai­wan

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TENS of thousands of peo­ple packed Taipei’s streets over the week­end in Asia’s big­gest gay pride pa­rade, wear­ing colour­ful cos­tumes and car­ry­ing rain­bow flags as they called on Tai­wan’s new gov­ern­ment to le­galise same-sex mar­riage.

Sup­port­ers waved plac­ards with slo­gans like “How long will tongzhi have to wait?” – re­fer­ring to the Chi­nese term for some­one who is gay – as they cir­cled down­town Taipei.

Some took the op­por­tu­nity to dress up, donning a va­ri­ety of out­fits in­clud­ing swim­suits, wed­ding dresses and loin­cloths usu­ally worn by Ja­panese sumo wrestlers.

Many of the at­ten­dees were hope­ful that same-sex mar­riage would soon be­come a re­al­ity un­der the pro-gay rul­ing Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP), which is in con­trol of par­lia­ment for the first time.

Tai­wan is one of the re­gion’s most for­ward-think­ing so­ci­eties when it comes to gay rights, but progress on mar­riage equal­ity has re­mained stag­nant, be­cause of re­sis­tance from the Kuom­intang (KMT) party, which dom­i­nated pol­i­tics for decades be­fore be­ing un­seated by the DPP in May.

As a re­sult, pre­vi­ous at­tempts to pass a same-sex mar­riage bill had stalled, but par­lia­ment is soon ex­pected to de­lib­er­ate fresh pro­pos­als on the is­sue. –

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