By: Steve Dellar | 11-25-2018 | News
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Taiwan – Voters Massively Reject Gay Marriage

Although the LGBT community on the island had hoped the 19 million voters would back their idea of becoming the first Asian country to openly allow gay marriage, Taiwan had its version of ‘snapping back to reality’ after people massively rejected the idea, with votes for more conservative values backed mostly by the elderly and rural communities.

Among 10 referendum issues on the ballot in Taiwan, LGBT rights suffered a major setback, with voters overwhelmingly opposing same-sex marriage and even supporting the removal of LGBT-related content from school textbooks.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">2018 Taiwan LGBT election results:<br>Make no mistake!<br>Taiwan is not a LGBT country! <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Jack Tsuei (@jacktsui) <a href="">November 25, 2018</a></blockquote>

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A referendum calling for marriage to only be recognized as between a man and a woman in Taiwan’s civil code won more than 7 million votes, while another calling for same-sex unions to be regulated under a separate law gained more than 6million.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Heartbreaking news from <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Taiwan</a> as anti-LGBT groups succeed in their referendums. This is a tough moment — and our love and solidarity go out to all LGBT people and their families across Taiwan.<a href=""></a></p>&mdash; AU Marriage Equality (@AMEquality) <a href="">November 24, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Gay rights activists had proposed that the civil code should give same-sex couples equal marriage rights, but only garnered 3m votes.

Nineteen million voters had to decide in different referendums which would indicate the fault lines in society.

Back in May 2017, the Taiwanese Constitutional Court had already expressed its desire to adapt and allow for marriage between two people of the same sex, but the government hesitated with the amendment of the law and therefore asked the people. As they did, the voice of the anti-gay movement, financed by conservatives and Christians, became increasingly loud.

The Coalition for the Happiness of our Next Generation said the win was a “victory of all people who treasure family values”.

Meanwhile, Ms Jennifer Lu, a spokeswoman for Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan, said they were saddened by what she described as the “absurd referendums” and blamed government “incompetence” for allowing the anti-gay marriage votes to go ahead.


Furthermore, Taiwan’s pro-independence ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lost most of the referenda it had called for, leaving President Tsai Ing-wen to offer her resignation as all her hopes of re-election in 2020 suffered a major blow.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Among 10 referendum issues on the ballot in Taiwan, LGBT rights suffered a major setback, with voters overwhelmingly opposing same-sex marriage and supporting the removal of LGBT-related content from school textbooks <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; New York Times World (@nytimesworld) <a href="">November 24, 2018</a></blockquote>

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China welcomed the result and issued a statement via its Taiwan Affairs office: “The election results reflected the strong will of the Taiwan public in hoping to continue to share the benefits of the peaceful development of relations across the Taiwan Strait, and their strong wish in hoping to improve the island’s economy and people’s wellbeing.”


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Anonymous No. 43230 2018-11-25 : 13:27

Excellent! At least there are some with a sense of right and wrong!! Normality wins the day!

Jake Tapper's Missing Foreskin No. 43247 2018-11-25 : 15:22

On a related note, George Soros is now sponsoring a drone airstrike on Taipai.

Anonymous No. 43250 2018-11-25 : 15:51

Good for Taiwan Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve

Anonymous No. 43261 2018-11-25 : 18:10

A ray of hope. No jewdiciary to overturn the wishes of the people

Anonymous No. 43280 2018-11-25 : 20:17

Legalizing degeneracy, yeah thats a winner.

Anonymous No. 43325 2018-11-26 : 04:32

Dear Leader Comrade Generalissimo Xi Jinping is the immortal ruler of Glorious Invincible China.

Gifted with a superior intellect and a willpower to bring everlasting glory to China, Dear Leader Comrade Generalissimo Xi Jinping achieved the great feats in his university days and working at the Communist Party of China.

Whenever the criminal jewish US imperialists resorted to high-handedness with China, the Supreme Commander flawlessly put them to shame, smashing their moves.

Blessed is the Chinese nation to have such a heroic and gifted leader!

Ten thousand years!

Anonymous No. 43330 2018-11-26 : 05:52

Awesome, now the US can accept LBGT asylum claims.

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