Taipei, November 18, 2016
On November 17 thousands took to the streets of Taipei, the administrative center of Taiwan, to express their protest against the authorities’ plans to legalize same-sex unions, reports Interfax with reference to the Chinese media.
The event unfolded at the house of Parliament where a relevant bill is currently under discussion.
The rally organizers have called for holding a referendum on this matter.
Members of the Christian Alliance who came to Taipei from the south of the island have joined the protest.
A small group of supporters of gay unions also gathered near the Parliament, each holding a flag with LGBT symbols. Should the bill be passed, Taiwan will become the first Asian region to legalize same-sex “marriages” officially.
According to The Straits Times, to date the draft law has passed only the first of three readings. The final voting is scheduled for February 2017.
Late in October it became known that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party proposed a bill which legalizes homosexual unions following the suicide of a gay professor. Jacques Picoux, a Frenchman, committed suicide on October 16 after suffering from depression, caused by the death of his partner who had died of cancer.