William Lai gives best wishes to same-sex unions prior to landmark voting

Taiwan's legislators voted on three competing same-sex unions draft bills on an international day embracing gender diversity


TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Today (May 17) is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT), a day Taiwan's legislators are going to vote on three competing draft bills on same-sex unions.

Former Premier William Lai (賴清德) generated a Facebook post 10 hours before the voting, and called for a smooth passage of the proposed bill "The Enforcement Act of Judicial Yuan Interpretation No. 748" to allow "the people in love on this land to live together and receive the blessings."

The constitutional court's ruling in May of 2017 has defined not giving same-sex couples the right to enter into marriage as unconstitutional, but was countered by the marriage equality referendum results a year later.

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Lai said that Taiwan is a country of law and values democracy, freedom, and human rights, where the law has to be passed in consideration of the principals of Judicial Yuan Interpretation, results of the referendums, as well as the appeals from different advocacy groups.

Lai is hoping that the lawmakers can reach consensus through the discussions on Friday to smooth out the differences and pass the law that marks a milestone in the history, allowing "people in love on this land to live together and receive blessings."