International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Understanding the 2018 Same-Sex Marriage Referendum in Taiwan
Chin Shen

This paper analyzes Taiwan’s referendum on same-sex marriage and related possible disputes and problems. It discusses the shortcomings of the Referendum Act’s content. First, according to the results of the referendum, same-sex marriage in Taiwan is regulated by special regulations, but once the referendum’s content is examined, there remain questions and unclear points as to whether the present same-sex marriage law is consistent with the assurance of human rights and the promotion of social diversity. Second, there are still deficiencies and flaws that need to be reviewed and revised in the current Referendum Act. It is not clear whether the present law can promote communication and understanding between different groups in order to maintain society’s structural stability, equality and justice. This paper argues that we need to bring the opposite parties to communicate and seek mutual respect, to recognize and tolerate differences within society. This democratic process is the most important aspect of the spirit of referendum.

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