Its chief convener told media persons that the group also wants to pressure lawmakers and politicians to accept and enact a law that will allow same-sex couples to marry, reports chinapost.com.tw.
The alliance has set up a website (www.pridewatch.tw) that reveal how gay marriage is viewed by each lawmaker. More than 30 of all 112 lawmakers have voiced support for the draft bill, and around 20 oppose it, the report said.
The Lobby Alliance for LGBT Human Rights is headed by Wang An-i, editor-in-chief of the quarterly magazine LEZS and granddaughter of United Daily News Group founder Wang Tih-wu who founded Taiwan’s leading media empire
Wang, whose LEZS is billed as Asia’s only lesbian lifestyle magazine, made her sexual orientation known in February when she and other gay rights supporters met with Legislative Yuan President to seek help in facilitating changes to the Civil Code.
Currently, the amendments to the Civil Code to allow people of the same sex to be married are under review by the legislature’s Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee.
The draft bill still remains under review largely due to opposition from religious groups who claim that same-sex unions will threaten “traditional” family values.
They are opposed to revising Article 972 of the Civil Code to change the term “man and woman” to “two parties” in the article concerning marriage and the term “father and mother” to “parents” in the Civil Code.
Legal recognition for marriage of same-sex couples is necessary because only by allowing same-sex couples to legally form families can they enjoy the rights and privileges afforded to all, rights activists say.
The alliance also aims to lobby companies to ensure a proper workplace environment for LGBT workers to be who they are and come out with courage and dignity.
In the past, same-sex relations and marriage was taboo but recent studies show attitudes are changing with up to 5 percent of the 23.4 million people in Taiwan openly identifying themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Last year around 100,000 gays and lesbians and their supporters marched in Taiwan—the largest rally of its kind in Asia—to push for the legalization of such unions. A poll last year also showed that 53 percent of the Taiwanese support same-sex couples being allowed to marry.
Legislation to legalize marriage among same-sex couples was first proposed in 2003 but not voted on.
Source: chinapost.com.tw; icrt.com.tw