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No wedding leave for gay couples: Kaohsiung official

No wedding leave for gay couples: Kaohsiung official

Kaohsiung, Nov. 2 (CNA) Despite being the first city in Taiwan to recognize same-sex partnerships, Kaohsiung will not allow wedding leave to same-sex couples until the country's law is changed to recognize same-same marriage, a city government official said Monday. Yeh Jui-yu (???), chief of the city's Personnel Department, said because same-sex marriage currently violates the Civil Code, the city government will not approve any requests for wedding leave from homosexual staff. The department, however, will urge the central government to amend the law to protect human rights, Yeh said during a hearing at the Kaohsiung City Council. Kaohsiung began allowing same-sex couples to register their partnerships at the city's household registration offices in May. The so-called "sunshine registration" is not legally-binding. So far, 69 same-sex couples have registered their partnerships in the city, but two couples withdrew their registrations last month, according to statistics compiled by the city government. (By Wang Shu-fen and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-24 00:11 GMT+08:00