200,000 protest proposed same-sex marriage law
The Coalition for the Happiness of Our Next Generation organization said that any changes to marriage should come from the people by way of a referendum.
Taiwan is the latest in a series of nations and states targeted by gay activists for radical social change despite massive public opposition.
About 200,000 people, consisting mainly families, marched in front of Taiwan’s Presidential Office on November 30, protesting a proposed Amendment to Civil Code Article 972 (marriage law) that would allow same-sex couples to ‘marry’ and adopt.
The event was organized by The Coalition for the Happiness of Our Next Generation.
“We worry that this alternative family formation idea will confuse children's concepts on education and sexual identity,” said Yu Yen-hung, one of the founders of the organization, to The China Post. “Therefore, we decided to stand up and fight against this bill that will affect the next generation.”
The organization said that any changes to marriage should come from the people by way of a referendum.
But the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights, the group responsible for proposing the same-sex ‘marriage’ amendment in October, says that it does not want the amendment to be put to a referendum since the current law involves the “restriction and denial of basic rights for minorities”.
President of the Control Yuan party, Wang Chien-shien, marched with the protesters, saying that while he has “respect and support all homosexual people,” he fears that amending the marriage laws will “affect the healthy marriage system and healthy families, which are the foundations of a stable country,” reported The China Post.
The ruling Kuomintang party (KMT) urged in a November 29 press conference for a postponement in the review of the amendment.
"The KMT do not oppose gays or lesbians and we want to treat them legally and protect their human rights as well. But we need to be more careful when it comes to our traditional virtues that concern our families," said KMT spokesperson Lin Te-fu, reported Want China Times.
"God created human beings as male and female. Only the union of a man and a woman can create the next generation, and the ability to create offspring is an important function of a family," said 40-year-old Ann Huang, who joined the November 30 rally with her friends.