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Jakarta Post

Faith that doesn’t discriminate sexuality

Surakarta, Central Java   /   Thu, June 27, 2019   /  10:22 am
Faith that doesn’t discriminate sexuality Same-sex marriage supporters take part in a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride parade after losing in the marriage equality referendum, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. (Reuters/Tyrone Siu)

It is indeed good news to hear how Taiwan has become the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage after a very long process. Many of my Taiwanese friends have expressed happiness by changing their social media profile pictures to display rainbow flags or simply posting the news about it. I really wonder what it is that enables Taiwan to uphold equality for its people. In Southeast Asia, Thailand has become a tourist haven for same-sex couples. Although the country hasn’t legalized same-sex marriage yet, a law criminalizes discrimination against homosexuality or “a person who has a sexual expression different from that person’s original sex”. Moreover, there have been advocacy campaigns and discussions in the Justice Ministry for civil partnership rights to be legally accepted in Thailand. Many welcome the proposal. Television series and adve...

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