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Taiwanese actress sparks gay marriage controversy

Taiwanese actress sparks gay marriage controversy

Taiwanese actress and popstar Amber Kuo posted a Facebook status earlier this week expressing concerns about a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in the country, prompting over 2,000 comments and over 60,000 likes.

Kuo said plans to legalize gay marriage were ‘worrying’. She said she had decided not to sign a petition showing support for gay marriage because the law was coming ‘too suddenly’.

On Wednesday Kuo’s agent Yeh Nai-wen tried to minimize the fall-out from her comments. ‘Amber loves all her gay friends. Her remark represents hopes for a rational discussion,’ he told CNA.

In contrast, other well-known Taiwanese singers Jolin Tsai, A-mei and Yoga Lin have spoken out in support of proposals for marriage equality. In August, a poll found that 53% of Taiwanese citizens support the rights of gay people to get married.

Taiwan’s legislature began a review of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, civil partnerships and adoption of children by ‘diverse families’ just over two weeks ago on 25 October.

If same-sex marriage law is passed in Taiwan, it will be the first Asian country to legally recognize gay partnerships.

One of Kuo’s fans wrote on Facebook:

‘Amber Kuo, starting today, please do not wear Lanvin, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Saint Laurent, Valentino, Armani, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Jil Sander, and so distinguished brand, because some of these brands founder themselves as gay.’