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Shih Ming-teh backs same-sex marriage

Shih Ming-teh backs same-sex marriage

Taipei, May 24 (CNA) Independent presidential hopeful Shih Ming-teh (???) said on Sunday on his Facebook page that the government would directly allow same-sex marriage and give gay couples the same rights as heterosexual couples if he were elected president. According to the Republic of China Constitution, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights passed by the Legislature in 2009 are considered domestic statutes, Shih said.
That means the government could promulgate same-sex marriage without the need for the Legislature to pass any new bills, said Shih, who was the chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party from 1994 to 1996 and was a political prisoner for 25 years before that. The 74-year-old politician, who is best known more recently for leading an anti-corruption campaign against then President Chen Shui-bian in 2006, announced on Thursday that he intends to run for president in 2016 as an independent candidate. Chen Chia-chun (???), the executive director of the Shih Ming-teh Culture Foundation and Shih's wife, moderated discussions between LGBT rights activists and legislators last year. Taiwan's Legislature reviewed a same-sex marriage bill in December 2014, the first time a bill to legalize same-sex marriage had ever been reviewed at the parliamentary level in East Asia. But the bill stalled because of opposition from the Ministry of Justice and religious groups and has been shelved in committee since then. (By Lee Ming-tsung and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-09-24 14:31 GMT+08:00