One of Taiwan's top judges, Justice Huang Jui-ming, has scheduled a debate on same-sex marriage for March 24. The debate will be broadcast live via the internet.
The debate follows the legislature's recent passage of the first reading of an amendment allowing same-sex marriage. Three readings are required for a bill to pass into law.
The debate will cover whether same-sex marriage should be part of Taiwan's civil code and whether it is in conflict with the current constitution.
Justice Huang's wife, DPP lawmaker Yu Mei-nu, has been a major driver of the legislation aimed at making Taiwan the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. She will not take part in the upcoming discussion to avoid a conflict of interest.
Polls indicate same-sex marriage has the support of the majority of Taiwan's population. Opposition has mainly come from organized conservative religious groups.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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