Red Brick Daily

Funny coincidence: this Saturday, tens of thousands are expected to rally at Taipei’s annual Gay Pride parade/festival … and wouldn’t you know it … local lawmakers have started talking about gay marriage again.

Ten legislators from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said on Monday that they will put forward a plan to amend the Civil Code and legalize same-sex marriage.

The proposed amendment would change the wording from the current: “man and woman” (or “male and female parties”) to simply: “the two parties.”

We’ve heard them talk before, but could this time be different?

The amendment has now been endorsed by 33 DPP lawmakers, and the DPP holds 68 seats in the 113-seat Legislature … while the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) holds 35 seats.

Freddy Lim (林昶佐), a New People Power (NPP) lawmaker and lead vocalist of the Taiwanese heavy-metal band Chthonic, seemed VERY optimistic … saying he believes Taiwan “will certainly be the first country with equal marriage rights in Asia.”

But, doubters are not unfounded in their doubts.

A same-sex marriage bill cleared a 2013 first reading in the Legislative Yuan … but failed to pass three readings by late 2015 — which fell right before legislative elections in early 2016 … hmmm.

The bill was vehemently opposed by some religious groups (read: fundamentalist Christians).

So whatcha think? Is Taiwan gonna go for it? Will we be the first nation in Asia to have legal marriage equality?

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