Gay couple to withdraw marriage case

Staff writer, with CNA

Tue, Jan 15, 2013 - Page 4

Two men fighting a court case to have their marriage legalized said on Sunday that they had decided to withdraw the case to protest a court decision to delay a ruling.

Nelson Chen (陳敬學), who last year filed the complaint with his partner, Kao Chih-wei (高治瑋), said he was withdrawing the case to protest a possible decision by the Taipei High Administrative Court to seek a constitutional interpretation by the Council of Grand Justices on the case.

“Why waste the nation’s resources and let 15 grand justices decide whether our marriage exists, when it already exists?” Chen said.

He said the revocation was also to express their “strongest protest” against the Ministry of Justice “for purposely delaying same-sex marriage legislation.”

The court was scheduled to hold a hearing today to discuss the possibility of seeking a constitutional interpretation.

In an announcement on his Facebook page, Chen said he and Kao would not attend the hearing and would withdraw their case on Jan. 23.

Chen and Kao filed a complaint with the Taipei High Administrative Court last year after their efforts to have their marriage legally recognized were rejected by the authorities.

The couple held a wedding banquet in 2006, but their application to register as a married couple in August 2011 was rejected by a district household registration office.

Seven court hearings have been held on the case since April last year, culminating in the court’s announcement on Dec. 20 that it would consider seeking a constitutional interpretation.