Pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates ‘open’ to gay mar­riage

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.”

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