Taiwanese presidential frontrunner Tsai Ing-wen has officially come out in support of gay marriage, cementing her position as the most LGBTI-friendly candidate.
Tsai is the chairwoman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party and is widely expected to become the island’s first female president in January.
‘Before love, everyone is equal,’ she said in a 15-second video posted on her Facebook page Saturday (31 October) to coincide with Taiwan Pride – the largest of its kind in Asia.
‘I am Tsai Ing-wen, and I support marriage equality,’ she continued.
‘Let everyone be able to freely love and pursue happiness.’
Earlier in the week, the Democratic Progressive Party lit up its election campaign headquarters in rainbow colors and Tsai shared another video celebrating gay couples ahead of the weekend’s festivities:
“It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love.” John Lennon2015 台灣同志遊行 TAIWAN LGBT PRIDE 10/31(六)13:00集合，14:00出發集合地點/台北市景福門圓環西側（凱道旁）完整資訊：http://twpride.org/twp/
Posted by 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday, 29 October 2015
However, Tsai has yet to commit to pushing the a ‘frozen’ gay marriage bill through parliament.
‘This an issue the whole society must face together as there are many who support marriage equality but there are also many who are reluctant,’ she told reporters.
‘I hope that in the process, society will not be polarized and divided, and that we can all come together in a rational and understanding approach.’
A gay marriage bill was introduced in the Legislative Yuan in October 2013 but has been ‘frozen’ by opponents in the committee stage since.
According to a ministry of justice poll in August, 68% of Taiwanese are in favor of legalizing gay marriage.