8月8日的“镜头里的中国青年 China through the Lens of Youth” NHK WORLD –
Asia Insight .
Taiwan is to become the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex unions.
Supporters from both camps gathered in central Taipei to await the
The court said current marriage laws were “in violation of both the
people’s freedom of marriage… and the people’s right to equality,” and
it gave two years of legal amendments to be implemented.
The ruling Democratic Progressive Party that swept national elections in
the self-ruled island last year supported the change. Conservative
groups, however, have staged mass protests against any change in the
ONE MORE THING
Despite the spread of same-sex marriage in a few regions since 2001, gay
and lesbian couples had been allowed to marry in only 22 of the
world’s nearly 200 countries. More than 70 countries continue to
criminalize homosexual activity.
自 2001 年以来，全球多地陆续对同性婚姻合法化。如今，全球近 200
个国家和地区中，仅有 22 个允许同性婚姻。同性恋行为在超过 70
Supporters from both camps had gathered in central Taipei to await the
decision, with hundreds of pro-gay marriage campaigners flying rainbow
flags outside Parliament.
Taiwan constitutional court ruled in favor of gay marriage Wednesday, a
landmark decision that paves the way for the island to become the first
place in Asia to legalize same-sex unions.
台湾宪法法院于本周三（ 5 月 24
This is a victory for all the people.
Taiwan, which China regards as a renegade province, is internationally
known as a beacon of liberalism in a region where socially conservative
attitudes largely hold sway.
hold sway 支配
The beliefs which now hold sway may one day be rejected.
“Sexual orientation is an immutable characteristic that is resistant
to change. … Furthermore, the freedom of marriage for two persons of
the same sex, once legally recognised, will constitute the collective
basis, together with opposite-sex marriage, for a stable society.”
Constitutional Court Ruling
“This is a clear victory for equal rights in marriage, and it is also
a victory for all the people.”
Victoria Hsu, the lead lawyer on activist Chi-Chia-wei’s case
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists had harbored
high hopes their years of campaigning for same-sex marriage would win
the court’s backing.
If Parliament does not make the change within two years, the court said
same-sex couples could register to marry regardless, based on its
Democratic Progressive Party 民进党
Source: AFP, Associated Press, and Reuters
Date: May 25,2017