In my head, I was half expecting this and my other half was hopeful that Taiwan would have pulled an overwhelming positive result for same sex marriage. Unfortunately, this is not the case and its apparent that Taiwanese voters have rejected the idea of legalizing same sex marriage. Anti- LGBT groups have campaign hard trying to convince Taiwanese to vote no. Having spoken to a few friends who are connected to others who worked hard on the same sex marriage yes campaign, I have been told that there was a lack of engagement between the Taiwanese “gatriarchy” and faith/religious groups. I wondered, if the engagement between the groups was a lot more cohesive, whether the vote result would have been different?

Anyways, it is unclear as to how this referendum result will impact on the 2017 high court ruling which was supportive of same sex marriage. The high court ruling also gave Taiwanese Parliament 2 years to amend the marriage laws, so it will be interesting to see what will happen next. Here is more from BBC News:

Meanwhile, President Tsai Ing-wen quit as leader of Taiwan’s governing party after defeats in local elections.

Her pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is set to lose more than half of the 13 cities and counties it won in 2014, Taiwanese media report.

Taiwan’s relations with China have deteriorated since Ms Tsai came to power in 2016.

Beijing has refused to deal with her because she does not recognise an agreement reached between the two sides in 1992 that both sides are part of one China.

The marriage issue was actually the subject of three separate referendums on Saturday, which were put forward by rival camps.

Conservative groups asked whether the legislation – defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman in Taiwan’s Civil Code – should remain unchanged, while LGBT activists demanded equal marriage rights.

Initial results suggest the conservatives received overwhelming support, while gay rights activists failed.

The government earlier said Saturday’s referendums would not affect it bringing in the changes required by the court ruling. The authorities are now expected to pass a special law, without amending the Civil Code.

But campaigners fear the eventual legislation will be weaker.

One possible outcome could be that gay couples are given legal protection – but not allowed to get married, correspondents say.

It looks like for now conservative/traditional values groups and the so called “pro family” groups have won this round. To me, what is more important is to understand that Taiwanese LGBTIQ community is hurting, as well as those observers from the outside who are active in POC/Asian LGBT activism. It will be interesting to see what happens next and what the next move will be by the Taiwanese gatriarchy.

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