MOJ launches online polls on same-sex marriage & adultery
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of adultery, more than 10,000 people have weighed in on whether Article 239 of the Criminal Code should be withdrawn since the question was posted on May 14, with 9,106 respondents (86 percent) saying no and 1,533 (14 percent) replying yes.