Taiwan rejects same-sex marriage in referendum

Taiwan rejects same-sex marriage in referendum

Taiwan rejects same-sex marriage in referendum

Quoting state media, CNN reported that a question which asked "Do you agree that Civil Code regulations should restrict marriage to being between a man and a woman?" received the largest vote-share - more than seven million votes - amongst five referendum questions related to LGBT rights and education.

The Beijing-friendly main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) made gains in the face of China's increasing pressure on the island, which it sees as part of its territory to be reunified.

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Voters on Saturday also cast ballots on 10 referendums, including one on whether to amend the civil code to include same-sex marriage - which was legalized past year - and on whether to uphold a commitment to ban nuclear energy by 2025.

If Taiwan's referendum is approved by voters, they will become the first Asian nation to legalize same-sex marriage.

"The public have used their ballots to tell the governing authorities what is the mainstream opinion and the result represents a victory for all people who cherish family values and how such values should be taught in schools to the young generation", he said. Voters rejected a referendum supporting same-sex marriage after the country's highest court ruled a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

As Saturday's conservative referendums passed the threshold of 25 percent of eligible voters, the government must by law take steps to reflect the result. China has sought to isolate Tsai over her refusal to endorse its "one China" principle that designates Taiwan as a part of China.

The DPP leans towards independence and Beijing has upped military and diplomatic pressure since Tsai took office, unilaterally cutting all official relations.

Constituents shown in blue represent wins by the KMT, while those in green mean wins by the DPP. If President Tsai and her party refuse to change course on China, they risk losing the Presidency and their majority rule in parliament in the 2020 election.

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The official China Daily said in an editorial Tsai had ignored Beijing's "cooperative stance" and forced relations into a deadlock, and that "her separatist stance has lost her the support of the people on the island".

Yu Keli, a former director of the Taiwan research center at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, noted that the election results will affect future Taiwan-China relationships.

Still, Tsai's caution regarding key domestic issues such as labor reforms and same-sex marriage - rather than her dealings with China - were seen as key causes for the DPP's defeat. Beijing has denied the allegations.

Taiwan's Investigation Bureau is probing Chinese influence on the elections through campaign funding of candidates.

Another pop singer Jolin Tsai (蔡依林) wrote on a Facebook post that "I would be lying if I said I'm not disappointed and depressed".

Observers put the results down to anger over pension cuts and labor reforms, including slashing the number of public holidays, as well as concern that tensions with Beijing are damaging local business.

"(The electorate) remain attached to Taiwan's de facto independence and democracy", said Jean-Pierre Cabestan, professor of political science at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Taiwanese voters said "No" to same-sex marriage and LGBT indoctrination in a national referendum held this past Saturday.

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