施文儀 (Shi Wen Yi), Assistant Chief of the Taiwanese Health Bureau, said last week that he did not think public officials should be elected if they discriminated against gays & lesbians. He argued that the government must step up and legalize same-sex marriage.
This marks an attempt to break the government’s silence about same-sex rights. Though explicit antagonism has not been part of any major political party’s platform, few politicians have explicitly supported same-sex rights either. To break the status quo of invisibility is the goal of many LGBT rights advocates today.
Here is a link to the China Times report.
September 6, 2012 Update:
According to Cheng Chiwei of Hotline, Mr. Shi has nonetheless continued to promulgate certain incorrect assumptions. Mr. Shi has said that passing same-sex marriage would decrease the spread of HIV in Taiwan. Mr. Cheng argues that it is not a question of getting married or not, but a question of condom use and proper education of safe sex practices. ”Why conflate marriage & HIV?”