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Taiwan to hold referendum on same-sex marriage

The island was the first to allow same-sex couples to get married and gave a two-year deadline for legalisation

2018-10-09

Words: Steve Brown

Taiwan is set to hold a public vote to decide whether to recognise same-sex marriage.

The island – which is part of the Republic of China - announced they will be reviving a debate over whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

Last year, Taiwan became the first island in Asia to allow same-sex couples to get married and gave a two-year deadline for legalisation.

However, an activist group submitted a petition to Taiwan’s Central Election Commission proposing a vote on the issue and asked for a separate law for same-sex unions, something they claimed would defend “family values”.

Following a month-long review, the commission decided that the referendum will be held on November 24 – the same day the island is set to hold mayoral and magisterial elections.