Same-sex Couples Eligible for Hengchun Marriage Subsidy|恆春全國首創婚姻補助 同性伴侶也適用


Pingtung County's Hengchun Township began offering the first marriage subsidy in Taiwan two years ago. With the passage of the marriage equality draft bill recently, Hengchun has become the first township in Taiwan to also offer marriage subsidies to same-sex couples. Two couples have successfully applied for the subsidy so far.


A-Ping and her girlfriend are setting up their fried chicken stand in Chaozhou. They have been together for four years and opened the stand just last month. They hope to expand their business in the future. A-Ping, a Hengchun native, also wants to marry her girlfriend in her hometown so they can apply for the township's marriage subsidy.

I'm pretty surprised there are subsidies. I never thought (same-sex couples) would be eligible for subsidies when they get married. It's encouraging.

To encourage couples to get married and have children, Hengchun began offering a subsidy of NT$20,000 in 2017 to married couples who have registered their household in Hengchun for at least a year. Since the recent passage of the marriage equality draft bill, two same-sex couples have successfully applied for the subsidy. The township office says it believes in marriage equality.

It isn't stipulated anywhere whether same-sex couples are or are not eligible (for the marriage subsidy). Their rights -- as long as they are Hengchun residents and married, they are eligible.

I support it. As long as the government has made it legal, we of course support it.

The issue is hotly debated locally. Some say granting the subsidy to same-sex couples contradicts the purpose of the subsidy, which is to encourage couples to have children. However, most support equality. Township officials say same-sex couples are also eligible for its birth subsidies, which max out at NT$110,000, as long as current autonomous regulations don't change.



中午過後,阿屏和同志女友一起準備在屏東潮州的炸雞攤生意,交往4年多,她們上個月剛創業,目標要開一家更大的餐飲店,而來自恆春的阿屏,更打算帶著女友回恆春結婚,申請結婚補助。

恆春鎮民 阿屏表示:「有補助的話,我是覺得滿驚訝的,因為沒想到說, 去登記還可以拿到補助款,但是就是有一種,好像是那種鼓勵的感覺。」

恆春鎮106年為鼓勵結婚生子,創立結婚補助,設籍超過一年,結婚可領2萬元。同婚法案通過後,有2對同志登記並且申請補助,鎮公所一樣准予通過。公所表示,當初設計補助條文,還沒有同婚制度,未特別排除同志,因此如今為了公平,也一併適用。

恆春鎮長 盧玉棟表示:「沒有說,沒有註明說,男男配、女女配不能給 ,或是能給,所以基於他們是恆春的鎮民,他們的權利的話,所以他結婚的話,我們應該是給。」

恆春鎮民表示:「認同,只要政府合法說好,我們當然是認同。」

這項適用作法在恆春引發熱烈討論,居民不諱言,也有人認為給予同志補助,違反當初鼓勵結婚生子的用意,但多數還是支持法律之前人人平等。至於恆春生育最多可補助11萬元,鎮公所表示,只要自治條例沒修改,目前一樣適用。

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