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Gay groups want same leave, benefits as married couples

Gay groups want same leave, benefits as married couples

Kaohsiung, May 13 (CNA) Members of a gay group expressed hope Wednesday that wedding leave can be applied to gay couples after the Kaohsiung city government said it is mulling whether to mark the partners of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) in the household registration system. Chen Wei-jen (???) said the group is hoping for improvements in the rights of the LGBT community such as the same leave and benefits as for legally married couples. He also expressed hope that the Kaohsiung city government will take a cue from the Taipei city government and have its Bureau of Civil Affairs officials meet with gay groups regularly to hear their voices and needs. Chen made the remarks at a press conference to promote a gay pride demonstration set for May 16 in Kaohsiung, which will start in a local park at 2:30 p.m. The groups have asked the participants in the pride parade, the city's fifth, to dress in pink or wear pink accessories. They said that many of their appeals in the past, such as unisex toilets and regular meetings with city government officials have yet to be realized, and that they want to review this lack of friendliness toward the LGBT groups in this year's parade. In response, Tseng Tzu-wen(???), head of the city government's Bureau of Civil Affairs, said her bureau will work to seek a breakthrough in laws related to the LGBT community. Tseng said earlier this week that Taiwan does not allow same-sex marriage under its Civil Code, although 25 countries have agreed to legal rights for same-sex partners and 18 countries recognize same-sex marriages. She said the city government will study how to include same-sex partners in the household registration system. (By Wang Shu-fen and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-27 00:51 GMT+08:00