by Angela Lu Fulton, World
Three referendums supporting marriage between one man and one woman passed overwhelmingly in recent elections in Taiwan. The votes show that most citizens still hold traditional values even though the country’s highest court moved toward legalizing same-sex marriage in 2017.
The question of whether Taiwan Civil Code should continue to define marriage as the union between one man and one woman received more than 7.6 million yes votes compared to 2.9 million voting no. Referendums need 4.94 million votes — a quarter of eligible voters — to be considered by the government.
Another referendum stating the Ministry of Education should not enforce LGBT curriculum in elementary and middle school passed with more than 7 million yes votes, and a ballot initiative that would allow same-sex couples to enter a civil union separate from “marriage as defined by the Civil Code” was approved with 6.4 million yes votes.
Meanwhile, two referendums in support of same-sex marriage did not garner enough votes to pass.
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