Mon, Dec 12, 2016 - Page 6 News List

Eyeing marriage equality for Taiwan

By Boris Dittrich

Demonstrations like the one in Taipei trade on a long history of stereotypes and prejudice. It should be perfectly clear by now that children’s rights are best served when the fundamental rights of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, are respected and protected.

Since 2001, other nations have followed suit with marriage equality. Same-sex marriage is now legal in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, England, France, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the US, Uruguay and Wales, as well as in parts of Mexico.

Lawmakers should not listen to flawed arguments and doomsday scenarios that have proved to be wrong. Taiwan should become the first Asian nation to be added to this list.

Boris Dittrich is the LGBT rights advocacy director at Human Rights Watch.

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