accept a petition filed by an anti-gay marriage group.n November 24th, the people of Taiwan will vote on whether same-sex marriage should be enshrined in Taiwan’s civil law after the Central Election Commission decided to
That group, the Happiness of the Next Generation Alliance, gathered more than 300,000 signatures for the referendum, refusing to give up its fight against same-sex marriage even after Taiwan’s top constitutional court ruled in favor of marriage equality last year.
While a referendum cannot overturn a court ruling, it could mean that rather than gay marriage being enshrined through a change in Taiwan’s Civil Code, a separate law may have to be enacted for civil unions between same-sex couples.
At the moment, the Civil Code’s Article 972 reads: “An agreement to marry shall be made by the male and the female parties in their own concord.” Anti-gay marriage groups have argued that in order to preserve “traditional family values” that article must remain unchanged.
Gay rights groups have also submitted a counter-referendum, asking that the civil code be amended to include gay marriage, however, the election commission has yet to rule on that petition.
In last May’s historic ruling, the Council of Grand Justices in Taipei ordered that legislation be adopted within the next two years to enshrine marriage equality into law. Despite the excitement over this ruling, all efforts at accelerating the revision have been stalled with Tsai Ing-wen’s administration taking no action on the issue despite the president’s previous public support for gay marriage.