Taiwan Activists Frame Same-Sex Marriage as a Sign of Democratic Strength

Same-sex marriage supporters cheer after a Constitutional Court ruling, Taipei, Taiwan, May 24, 2017 (AP photo by Chiang Ying-ying).
Same-sex marriage supporters cheer after a Constitutional Court ruling, Taipei, Taiwan, May 24, 2017 (AP photo by Chiang Ying-ying).

Editor’s Note: This article is the first in an ongoing WPR series on LGBT rights and discrimination in various countries around the world. In late May, Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage in the country’s civil code was unconstitutional. As Buzzfeed reports, the ruling says that permitting same-sex marriage would contribute to a “stable society.” It ordered the government to change the law within two years, making it likely that Taiwan will become the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. In an email interview, Jens Damm, associate professor at the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Studies […]

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