Taiwan voted against marriage equality

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People take part in a rally in support of same-sex marriage near the Presidential Office in Taipei on November 18, 2018, ahead of a landmark vote on LGBT rights on November 24. - Taiwan's top court in May 2017 legalised gay marriage, the first place in Asia to do so, and ruled its decision must be implemented within two years. (Photo by Chris STOWERS / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS STOWERS/AFP/Getty Images)

The marriage equality referendum in Taiwan ended with a defeat for LGBT supporters as most Taiwanese voted for the concept of marriage not to be extended, insisting it should remain a heterosexual monogamous union. But regardless of the referendum results there is a chance that same-sex relationships will be recognized in Taiwan, at least in the form of civil partnerships. This is because Taiwan’s High Court ruled in May 2017 that forbidding same-sex couples to marry is against the country’s Constitution. So, now the Taiwanese lawmakers are in a trap – on the one hand the High Court demands to legalize same-sex marriages but on the other hand the citizens made it clear that they don’t want it. Amnesty International Taiwan’s Acting Director, Annie Huang said the result was “a bitter blow and a step backwards for human rights in Taiwan.” Amnesty International said the referendum results do not change “the need to provide legal recognition to same-sex unions,” however added that the results will “cast a shadow on how that will be implemented.”

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