Not long after the Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung allowed household registration for same-sex partnerships, the Taipei city government followed suit.
Now that the two local governments will accept the registration of same-sex partnerships, Lu Hsin-chieh, a candidate of the Social Democratic Party of Taiwan, called on the Legislative Yuan and the Ministry of Justice to note this acceptance and consider a national marriage equality law.
A survey conducted by the Institute of Sociology and Academia Sinica last year showed that the majority of the public in Taiwan accepted same-sex marriage.
Lu also proposed that Taipei and Kaohsiung’s city governments include registration data in the National Health Insurance (NHI) data system to allow the same-sex partner of a patient to provide consent for him or her under emergency circumstances.
Gay couples that register their partnership at the city’s household registration offices have no legal benefits, no inheritance rights and will not receive official certificates or documents recognizing the partnerships. The move is symbolic rather than legal.
“Despite the fact that household registration is not legally binding at least same-sex partners can present proof of a close relationship in case of complicated legal disputes,” said another Social Democratic Party legislative candidate, Miao Bo-ya.
Taipei’s city government began accepting registrations on Wednesday.
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By Sharon Choi