Academics say Constitution safeguards same-sex marriage 同志結婚權 學者︰憲法應保障

Wed, Dec 05, 2012 - Page 11

The Taipei High Administrative Court reviewed a same-sex marriage case on Nov. 29. A litigant in the case, surnamed Chen, said that he and his partner want to get married because they are truly in love, and they hope that Taiwan legalizes gay marriage. Bruce Liao, an associate professor of law at National Chengchi University and an expert witness, and Chang Hung-cheng, a part-time lecturer at National Taipei University of Technology who served as another expert witness at the hearing, both support gay couples getting married because it is a right guaranteed in the Constitution. The court is scheduled to hand down its ruling on Dec. 20.

Chen and his partner, surnamed Kao, held a public wedding banquet in 2006, but their application to register their marriage in August last year was rejected by the Zhongshan District’s Household Registration Office. They took their case to the Taipei City Government, which also rejected their appeal late last year, prompting them to take legal action. Both Chen and Kao’s mothers accompanied them, showing their support in court, when the couple filed a complaint with the Taipei High Administrative Court in February.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)