One of four newly wedded couples at a public wedding at Taiwan Pride Buddhist same-sex marriage in Taiwan, In , the Executive Yuan proposed legislation granting marriages to same-sex couples under the Human Rights Basic Law; but the bill was rejected and was not passed into law because of the opposition of legislators in The couple was accompanied by their mothers and received the personal blessings from the judges for their love, although the judges said that wouldn't have any repercussions in their final ruling.
The next hearing was set to take place a month later,  and the court was due to hand down a decision on December Eighth Legislative Yuan —16 [ edit ] On 25 October , a petition-initiated bill to revise the Civil Code to allow for same-sex couples to be eligible for marriage was introduced by 23 lawmakers from the DPP in the Legislative Yuan. It was immediately referred to the Yuan's Judicial Committee for review and possible first reading.
If the amendment had passed the committee stage it would have then been voted on at the plenary session of the Legislative Yuan in The amendment, called the marriage equality amendment, would have inserted neutral terms into the Civil Code replacing ones that imply heterosexual marriage, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage.
It would have also allowed same-sex couples to adopt children. On 28 June , a senior Ministry of Justice official stated same-sex marriage would remain illegal in Taiwan "for now". Deputy Minister of Justice Chen Ming-tang said " He added that while the Ministry of Justice opposes measures that would legalize same-sex marriages outright, it would support a more gradual approach, including offering better protection to same-sex couples under current laws, such as their rights to equal medical treatment and taxation.
Ninth Legislative Yuan —present [ edit ] On 23 February , the Referendum Review Committee rejected a proposal put forward by the Faith and Hope League on the grounds that it failed to meet requirements. The proposal would have amended the Civil Code by stating that husband and wife relationships, consanguinity and the principles of human relations cannot be amended unless the public agrees via a referendum. Had it been approved, the legalization of same-sex marriage would have only been possible through a referendum.
The committee voted against the proposal. Chairman of the committee, Wang Kao-cheng, said it was rejected for two reasons: The proposed amendment was made by mostly Democratic Progressive Party DPP legislators whose party has a majority in the Legislative Yuan though was also supported by one legislator from the minority Kuomintang , KMT which is divided on the issue of same-sex marriage.
A separate amendment legalising same-sex marriage was also announced by the third-party New Power Party caucus. Both bills were immediately referred to the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee for discussion. Kuomintang KMT and People First Party PFP representatives demanded a nationwide series of hearings be held over a number of months on the issue, while DPP legislators wanted the bills to be reviewed and immediately proceeded with.
Following a number of physical scuffles between the MP's, the committee eventually agreed to hold two public hearings on the issue over the following two weeks; one hearing chaired by a KMT representative and another hearing chaired by a DPP representative.
Several thousand opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage protested outside the Parliament on the Taipei streets whilst the committee was meeting. They must now pass second and third readings before becoming law. In March , the full panel of the Constitutional Court heard a case brought by gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei whose attempt at registering a marriage with his partner in was rejected and the Taipei City government's Department of Civil Affairs.
Taipei City, a special municipality , had originally referred the question of constitutionality to the Court for resolution in July The Secretary-General of the Executive, Chen Mei-ling , stated that the Cabinet had not decided on how to legalize same-sex marriages — by amending the Civil Code, by establishing a special section of the Civil Code or by creating a special law.
In December , the Taipei Administrative Court ruled that same-sex couples cannot marry until the Civil Code is amended or until 24 May , when the Constitutional Court ruling will go into effect.
The appeal was quickly rejected by the Court. They filed a second appeal in February. Taiwanese same-sex marriage referendum In February , a group opposed to same-sex marriage, the Alliance for Next Generation's Happiness, proposed holding a referendum on the issue of same-sex marriage, which would require about , signatures 1. This would then enable them to proceed with collecting the , signatures. By April , the group had collected 3, signatures, and the Central Election Commission validated the signatures later that month.