Cabinet orders same-sex marriage bill after court ruling

Premier Lin Chuan has called for concerted efforts to amend the Civil Code. That's after the Constitutional Court on Wednesday issued a historic ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.

Cabinet spokesperson Hsu Kuo-yung said Thursday that the resulting legal changes would have to involve the Cabinet, the justice ministry as well as the finance ministry.

Hsu said, The issue involves the right of property law between husband and wife. Within that law, there are also divorce issues involved. Another area concerns the rights of biological parents and children, such as the genetic health law and artificial reproduction law. We must also consider the gift tax and inheritance tax between husband and wife. The latter also includes the right to allocation of husband and wife's remaining properties. All these laws and regulations will be brought up in the process of amending [the Civil Code].

Hsu said the Cabinet has no established position about how to enact the changes but that it will respect the opinions of all social groups.

The Constitutional Court on Wednesday struck down the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman as discriminatory to the rights of all citizens. The court gave a time limit of two years for the passage of appropriate same-sex marriage legislation.

Source: Radio Taiwan International