MOJ launches online polls on same-sex mar­riage & adul­tery

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Min­istry of Jus­tice (MOJ) has launched online polls on con­tro­ver­sial is­sues re­lated to mar­riage, in­clud­ing that of same-sex mar­riage, to gauge public opin­ion on plans be­ing drafted or poli­cies be­ing car­ried out. Among the ques­tions are: “Do you sup­port es­tab­lish­ing a ‘Same-sex Part­ner­ship Act’?”, “Do you sup­port leg­is­la­tion that gives ho­mo­sex­u­als the right to have ‘mar­riage-like’ or ‘mar­i­tal’ re­la­tions?”, and “Should adul­tery be de­crim­i­nal­ized?”

Each is­sue on the plat­form at http://join.gov.tw/openup/ is open for dis­cus­sion for three months, with In­ter­net users welcome to vote in fa­vor of or against a cer­tain pol­icy.

The ques­tion “Do you sup­port es­tab­lish­ing a ‘ Same-sex Part­ner­ship Act’?” has drawn the most in­ter­est of all of the top­ics, draw­ing tens of thou­sands of votes and many com­ments since be­ing posted on the gov­ern­ment plat­form on Aug. 3. As of Sun­day, 22,510 re­spon­dents (75 per­cent) have voted in fa­vor of the idea, and 7,325 (25 per­cent) have voted against it.

On the much-de­bated is­sue, the MOJ has said it is in­clined to draft a so-called “civil union act” aimed at pro­tect­ing the rights of ho­mo­sex­u­als, but it has not ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of draft­ing a law that di­rectly al­lows same-sex mar­riage.

As for the de­crim­i­nal­iza­tion of adul­tery, more than 10,000 peo­ple have weighed in on whether Ar­ti­cle 239 of the Crim­i­nal Code should be with­drawn since the ques­tion was posted on May 14, with 9,106 re­spon­dents (86 per­cent) say­ing no and 1,533 (14 per­cent) re­ply­ing yes.

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