Title : CSOs congratulate Taiwan on marriage equality ruling, and call for same-sex marriage law in Cambodia
Released Date : 31-May-2017
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Information Source : Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR)
We, the undersigned civil society organizations (“CSOs”), congratulate the people of Taiwan – and especially its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (“LGBTIQ”) community – regarding the 24 May ruling of Taiwan’s Constitutional Court, setting Taiwan on the path to become the first jurisdiction in Asia to legalize marriage for same-sex couples. In its ruling, the Constitutional Court ruled that existing laws excluding LGBTIQ people from marriage were unconstitutional and violated their basic human rights. It stated that a ban on same-sex marriage was ‘a gross legislative flaw’ and ‘incompatible with the spirit and meaning of the freedom of marriage’ and ‘right to equality’. In this landmark judgment, Taiwan becomes a trailblazer in respect of LGBTIQ rights in Asia, building momentum for marriage equality across the continent. We, the undersigned CSOs, take this historic opportunity to call upon the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) to show its commitment to LGBTIQ rights by legislating for same-sex marriage in Cambodia.
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