Will Taiwan be the first East Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage?
Taiwan recently took another major step towards legalizing same-sex marriage. The country's government debated legislation that would remove terms like "man and woman" and replace them with terms like "spouses."
Cheng Li-chiun of the Opposition Democratic Progressive Party drew up the language in the bill. Cheng Li-chiun said of the legislation, "No one deserves to be deprived of their rights at birth to be on an equal footing with others just because of their psychological or biological differences."
The bill has been put on the back burner for a while after religious groups initially voiced their opposition. But the legislation appears to have new life, especially after thousands marched in favor of same-sex marriage in October.
In order for a bill to be considered by the president, it has to pass three readings. As of right now, the legislation has cleared one reading. This is the first time in East Asia that legislation of this nature has been debated.
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