Over 1,200 people staged a mock ‘wedding banquet’ in Taipei on Saturday to campaign for same sex marriage, AFP reports.
Participants sat around tables decorated with red cloths printed with the Chinese character for “wedding”, as they had dinner and watched a video recording of local celebrities showing support as well as live performances in a makeshift banquet venue in a square outside the presidential office in Taipei.
The banquet was held to drum up support for a same sex marriage bill which is due to be debated by the Taiwanese parliament.
“We believe it is time to change the law,” Victoria Hsu, president of the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights, told Gay Star News.
“Our survey shows that in the past 10 years 29 percent has changed from ‘opposition’ to ‘support’ of same-sex marriage,” she said. “This proves that people’s opinions concerning same-sex marriage are transformable and that the opinions of the Taiwanese people on this have undergone great transformation.”
In a powerful editorial, the China Post, one of Taiwan’s largest English language newspapers, came out strongly in support of marriage equality in the territory:
The Republic of China is often considered one of the more liberal countries in Asia in terms of homosexual rights; Taipei even hosts one of the largest gay pride parades in Asia each year. According to the TAPCPR, 53 percent of Taiwanese people surveyed favor the legalization of same-sex marriage — twice as many as a decade ago.
[Love] and marriage should not be restricted to heterosexual couples, and marriage licenses should grant the same rights to all. There is no excuse for saying that gay marriage is not necessary because Taiwan’s society is “not ready.”
[Image credit: China Times]