International Same-sex Couples Protesting Outside Executive Yuan 跨國同性伴侶政院抗議 速提修法草案

Nearly 50 international same-sex couples gathered for protest in front of the Executive Yuan on Valentine's day to continue the push for legalization of same-sex marriage between Taiwanese and their foreign national partners.


A same-sex couple knelt down in plea. It is raining on Valentine's Day and nearly 50 international same-sex couples, along with the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights organization, gathered outside the Executive Yuan building for protest. The Judicial Yuan's amendment that would modify the Act Governing the Choice of Law in Civil Matters Involving Foreign Elements was sent to the Cabinet for review since January of 2021, but no progress has been made since, protesters said. 

Int'l Same-sex Marriage Rights Activist : “We waited for more than a year already and there's no sign of moving forward. We still have to stand out here on the streets to fight for our rights and tell the government that there are still so many of us out here who can't get married. ”

Victoria Hsu, Lawyer Convener, Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights: “The Judicial Yuan had proposed an amendment and sent it in to the Cabinet since last January. It has been more than a year, however, and it is still pending review. The Cabinet has been dragging its feet in amending the act, preventing it from moving on to the Legislative Yuan for the final vote.”

Pro-LGBT protesters tied 467 yellow ribbons with each of their names written on the ribbons on the entrance gate to the building, hoping that the Cabinet would hear their cry for assistance and to pass the amendment as soon as possible so that foreign nationals could marry their Taiwanese partners. 

Representative, Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Nat'l Defense and Justice, Executive Yuan: “We just want to be well-rounded in processing the review. The Judicial Yuan had indeed sent in the amendment and all other related laws and regulations to us last January. We have held various meetings since then. It is currently under review by related agencies to tie in the loose ends.”

The Cabinet stressed that they are not neglecting the case and that it is a work in progress. 

 

 

 

陳情代表突然下跪,強烈表達想要結婚的心願,14日是西洋的情人節,有近50對跨國同性伴侶在公民團體陪同下,冒著大雨到行政院外抗議,強調司法院的《涉外民事法律適用法》修法草案,去年1月就送入行政院,可是一年過去了,卻仍舊沒有動靜。

跨國同性伴侶代表指出:「也是等了1年多,還是沒有下文,沒有任何的結果。到今天,我必須還是站在街頭上告訴政府,這裡還有一群人,沒有辦法結婚。」

台灣伴侶權益推動聯盟律師團召集人許秀雯表示:「去年的1月,其實司法院也已經把他們的涉外民事法律適用法的草案,交給了行政院。可是呢,行政院拖了1年多,到現在都沒有送到立法院。」

跨國同性伴侶們還在政院門口,綁上467條寫有伴侶名字的黃絲帶,希望政院傾聽到他們的心聲,儘快送出修正草案,讓跨國同性伴侶能夠合法結婚。

行政院外交國防法務處代表回應:「其實為了要完善涉外民事法律相關的規範,司法院已經有把相關的法案送到我們行政院來,行政院去年已經分別就相關的法案,還有相關的一些配套的,相關法制的事宜 都有召開會議,目前是由相關機關,針對配套比較細緻法制規範,還在進行持續的研議。」

行政院強調,去年已經就相關法案召集會議討論,現階段正由相關機關,就配套等的細節部分進行研議中。