Media Release
Wednesday May 24th 2017
Equality advocates have welcomed a decision by Taiwan's highest court opening the way for marriage equality but say it is bitter sweet because Australia is falling further behind other countries.
The Taiwanese Court of Grand Justices has found the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage violates the Island's constitution and has set a deadline of two years for Taiwanese law-makers to pass marriage equality.
Just.equal spokesperson and long time marriage equality advocate, Rodney Croome, said,
"This decision is bitter sweet because it means that Taiwan will have the benefits of marriage equality but that Australia is falling further and further behind."
"Australian legislators who refuse to allow marriage equality to pass by having a free vote in parliament are bringing ever more shame on our nation."
Mr Croome said marriage equality in Taiwan should reassure Australian social conservatives that there is nothing radical about the reform.
"Taiwan is traditionally a socially conservative society so its movement toward marriage equality should reassure social conservatives in Australia that the reform is not a radical one."
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