Gay marriage-related family law revision unlikely in 2016
The United States Supreme Court’s ruling on legalizing samesex marriage in the U.S. has stirred up discussion in Taiwan, but legislators here are mostly reserved about a revision of family law and many believe no resolutions will be adopted, as it is an election year.
As a matter of fact, the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee of the Legislative Yuan since last year has put the screening of a family law revision related to gay marriage on its agenda, although the Ministry of Justice remains opposed to measures that would legalize same-sex marriage outright.
Lai Shih- pao, the ruling Kuomintang’s (KMT’s) policy committee chief, said that the KMT caucus respects the committee’s function, but added that the caucus has not yet discussed the issue.
KMT Legislator Lu Hsuehchang ( ), in his capacity as chairman of the Legislative Yuan’s Justice Committee, suggested that a revision of family law should avoid having an impact on the marriage relations of the majority and traditional ethics.
DPP Caucus Chief Secretary Huang Wei-cher ( ), on the other hand, pointed out that in an election year, the caucuses of both the ruling and opposition parties will tend to avoid drafting any controversial legislation.
Any revision of family law is very likely to be left to the next Legislative Yuan that will be sworn in next year, according to Huang.