China signaled on Wednesday (29 May) that it would not be following neighboring Taiwan in legalizing same-sex marriage.
Last week, Taiwan made history as the first country in Asia to register same-sex couples’ marriages.
An Fengshan, spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said the government ‘noted reports on the island’ about same-sex marriage.
‘The mainland has a marriage system of one man, one woman’ he said, according to Reuters.
China considers Taiwan a breakaway province that it will ‘reunite’ with the mainland, by force if necessary.
But, independent and democratic Taiwan has shown no interest in being ruled by Communist China.
Earlier this month, Taiwan’s foreign minister hit back after Chinese state-run paper said ‘Taiwan, China’ legalized same-sex marriage.
‘WRONG!’ Joseph Wu said, sharing the People’s Daily tweet. He also said the newspaper was a ‘commie brainwasher & it sucks’.
WRONG! The bill was passed by our national parliament & will be signed by the president soon. Democratic #Taiwan is a country in itself & has nothing to do with authoritarian #China. @PDChina is a commie brainwasher & it sucks. JW https://t.co/eHKzXdzxoT
— 外交部 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC (Taiwan) 🇹🇼 (@MOFA_Taiwan) May 19, 2019
Asia’s first same-sex marriages
Last week, more than 500 couples wed on the first day of same-sex marriage in Taiwan.
And, on the capital Taipei, more than 1,000 people attended a mass-wedding banquet.
Taiwan’s parliament approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday 17 May.
Taiwan’s parliament voted in favor of a government bill offering same-sex couples similar rights to opposite-sex couples after years of court rulings, referendums, and tussles in parliament.
The government bill, which largely avoids the term ‘marriage’, has been labeled a compromise by LGBTI rights campaigners.
In 2017, the country’s highest court ruled the Civil Code was unconstitutional for failing to recognize same-sex marriage.
But, in a bitterly-fought referendum, most Taiwanese citizens opted for a separate marriage law rather than changing the civil code which would have brought genuine equality.
LGBTI rights campaigners accused conservative and Christian groups of running a well-funded campaign of hate and scare-mongering.
The crucial 4th line of the bill passed with 93 lawmakers voting for the bill, 66 opposing, and 27 abstaining.