What Led to Taiwan’s Same Sex Marriage? Ep 83

29 June 2020

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:


In 2017 I interviewed Professor Wen Liu about the historic news of May 24, 2017, that Taiwan’s Constitutional Court had ruled that marriage is not strictly defined as being between a man and a woman. This paved the way for same sex marriage to be legalized in Taiwan in 2019. Since the Stonewall uprising, which began on June 28, 1969, led to the international gay rights movement, June has become recognized as worldwide Pride month. In recognition of Pride month, I’d like to re-share my interview with gender studies Professor Wen Liu.


Here’s a link to the original post of this interview: https://www.talkingtaiwan.com/gender-studies-professor-wen-liu-talking-taiwan-ep-58/


Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:


  • The May 24th ruling by the Constitutional Court in Taiwan that same-sex marriage could be legalized
  • Mr. Chi Chia-wei who’s lawsuit led to the May 24th ruling
  • The history of the same-sex marriage battle and family law in Taiwan
  • Major turning points in Taiwan’s LGBTQ movement
  • The history behind Taiwan’s gay pride parade
  • How Taiwan compares to other Asian countries on LGBTQ issues
  • The next steps after the May 24th ruling
  • The marriage equality bill, civil partnership bill, multiple family bill
  • Other work that needs to be done in Taiwan for the LGBTQ community


Related Links:


Wen Liu’s writings on New Bloom Magazine: http://newbloommag.net/author/wen-liu/


An article about the LGBTQ movement in Taiwan: https://outreachfortaiwan.org/taiwan-101/social-movements/lgbtq-movement-in-taiwan/


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