Gay mar­riage-re­lated fam­ily law re­vi­sion un­likely in 2016

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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