Presidential candidates ‘open’ to gay marriage
As the U.S. legalization of samesex marriage has become a hot topic, both the opposition Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP’s) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen and Kuomintang presidential hopeful Hung Hsiu-chu have taken to Facebook to express their support for tolerance of the gay community.
DPP Chairwoman Tsai posted a ring in the colors of the rainbow with a word in English — equality — also in multi-color.
However, when she was asked about the issue of legalizing samesex marriage by the press during a campaign stop in Taichung Saturday, she stopped short of siding with activists who are calling for speedy legalization.
Instead, she pointed out that it took a long time and a lot of dialogue before the U.S. Supreme Court made its landmark ruling.
In Taiwan’s case, she suggested that there should be rational dialogue to narrow the differences on the issue.
Saying that she supports all people in love, Legislative Yuan Deputy Speaker Hung pointed out that the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court signifies the respect attained eventually by people of different sex orientation through long years of endurance of humiliation and persecution.
She stressed that not only the issues related to sex orientation, but the attitude of tolerance and mutual respect should apply to many other categories.
Hung also said that “the color of true love is pure and all-embracing.”