The Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) was founded in 2009 to promote the expansion of civil rights for same sex couples including the rights to inherit and to adopt a child. The president of TAPCR, Victoria Hsu said they sent to the legislature the draft amendment to the Civil Code which incorporated the issue of same sex marriage in 2013 and passed its first reading. The bill failed to pass the second and third readings by late 2015 and it was automatically invalidated.
In 2016, DPP legislator proposed amendments to the Civil Code by adding the paragraph recognizing “both parties of a same sex marriage. But according to Victoria Hsu, Article 971-1 or known as 971-bis is the most controversial as it applies to gay and heterosexual couples, but not to the intersex, transgender people and the third gender.
Victoria Hsu, the president of the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) will share with us her views on same sex marriage. Victoria Hsu is a lawyer and a member of the Gender Equality Committee of the Executive Yuan (Taiwan’s Cabinet).
Mr.Martin Eberts, the Director General of the German Institute Taipei, said the election in Germany ended peacefully and he was not surprised at the results.
The German representative in Taiwan said the political situation in Germany has changed and it is a normal process in a democracy so there is no need for any worries that a new party, AfD, the right-wing party will join the parliament. The government will continue to address the economic and security issues and fulfills its obligation to implement the climate change policy. Terrorism is EU’s citizens fastest growing concern and Germany will work with other countries in the world to combat terrorism.
Collaboration with Taiwan will increase with the focus on the energy sector that was introduced a couple years ago, Mr.Martin Eberts added. The focus of the cooperation will be on renewable energy and energy transition both on the regulations and laws as well as the technical side especially in the field of off-shore wind energy adding that Germany could share with Taiwan the experience of energy transition.