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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 October, 2003, 07:47 GMT
Taiwan move to allow gay unions
By Chris Hogg
BBC

The Taiwanese Government is preparing legislation to legitimise gay marriage.

If the new law is passed it would make Taiwan the first country in Asia to recognise marriages between people of the same sex.

The proposals are part of a Human Rights Basic Law which is due to be debated by Taiwanese legislators before the end of the year.

The proposals are part of a drive to protect basic human rights in Taiwan, according to the presidential office.

They would legalise gay marriage and allow homosexual couples to adopt children.

To protect their rights, people of the same sex should be able to marry and have a family, an official said.

But several hurdles will have to be overcome before the plans can become law. First, they will need to be approved by the cabinet where there is some opposition, as the Bill also contains controversial provisions to outlaw all forms of capital punishment.

Then they would have to be approved by Taiwan's lawmakers.

Worldwide, just a handful of countries have legalised gay marriage.

In Taiwan, gay rights groups have welcomed the plans as an act of goodwill, but warn there is still a long way to go before discrimination against homosexuals on the island is ended.


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