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An Analysis of Taiwanese Religious Communities' Positions on and Discussions of the Question of Diverse Families (duoyuan chengjia 多元成家) and Same-Sex Marriage



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The Taiwanese lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (henceforth LGBT) movements have been a beacon for the gay rights movement in Asia, but religion has also played a decisive role in this issue. The Taiwanese LGBT rights groups proposed three bills in 2012: Equal Rights Marriage (hunyin pingquan 婚姻平權) bill, that includes same-sex marriage; a Civil Partnership system (banlü zhidu 伴侶制度) bill; and a: Household Institution (jiashu zhidu 家屬制度) bill. These three represent the diverse spectrum of LGBT development in Taiwan, from the moderate position of same sex marriage, to the slightly radical civil partnership system, to the most extreme movement "destroy the family, and discard marriage" (huijia feihun 毀家廢婚). The disparities among them have unavoidably mutually neutralized the LGBT campaign's already inferior and weak capabilities. For the last three years, the relationship between LGBT campaigns and some of the religious groups in Taiwan has engendered intense disputes regarding the question of diverse families and same-sex marriage. The most representative case of an opposed movement is the Christian-based Happy Family Protection Action Alliance (Shouhu xingfu jiating xingdong lianmeng 守護幸福家庭行動聯盟). This article takes this dispute as the focal point in order to conduct a multi-religious cross-reference and analysis of relevant circumstances, and thereby explore the related discussions and all the tensions, oppositions, and assistance created when Taiwanese religious communities respond to multi-gendered secular value systems and advocate for related policies.


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