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Same-sex marriage cannot wait

By Chen Fang-ming 陳芳明

The DPP should not forget the public’s wish and its lawmakers would be opportunists if they hesitate to take action now. Since this force was brought on by Tsai, her party should give a clear and loud answer.

The legalization of same-sex marriage will not only relieve internal tension in Taiwanese society, it will also substantially raise the nation’s visibility in the international community.

At a time when Taiwanese indulge in talk about “transitional justice,” they should also think about couples who have been deprived of their civil rights. Many LGBT people have committed suicide due to heartless laws that have left them no space in society.

Taiwanese society will not be healthy as long as people looking for love are forced to hide in the dark and couples are discriminated against by the system. The premier’s public commitment could serve as a turning point and the minister’s public statement was a rare sign of commitment.

This year has been critical for marriage equality and it was not a joke when more than 120,000 people took to the streets in the Pride parade. Tsai and Lai should step forward and make history.

Chen Fang-ming is a professor at National Chengchi University’s Graduate Institute of Taiwanese Literature.

Translated by Eddy Chang

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