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New alliance to fight for gay marriage in Taiwan

Taiwan’s new Lobby Alliance for LGBT Human Rights will educate voters on where lawmakers and candidates stand on gay marriage in the hope the country can be the first to legalize same-sex marriage in Asia
The interior of Taiwan's legislative chamber
Photo by Jiang

A new group has emerged to fight for equal treatment of LGBTI people in Taiwan as same-sex couples continue to have no formal recognition in the ethnically Chinese island nation.

The Lobby Alliance for LGBT Human Rights will fight for change by lobbying lawmakers to better educate them about the needs of LGBTI Taiwanese people and by making voters aware of which politicians are supporters and which are opponents and which remain publicly undecided.

The group will also seek the support of figures in the Taiwanese business, entertainment and cultural sectors to get involved in supporting the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Currently about 30 lawmakers are on the record with their support for the reform while around 20 are opposed to it. There are 113 lawmakers in the Taiwanese parliament.

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage was given its first reading by Taiwan’s legislature in October and is currently before a committee.

However religious groups are campaigning hard against any reform and there were large public rallies for and against the bill in March.

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