Protest stalls Taiwan's same-sex marriage bill
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Christians put pressure on lawmakers to uphold traditional family values
A nun, priest and lay Catholics holding cards protesting the same-sex marriage bill at a rally in Taiwan on Nov. 13. (Photo supplied)
Taiwanese lawmakers have agreed to suspend a second reading of a controversial same-sex marriage bill after 20,000 Christians protested in front of Taiwan's legislature on Nov. 17 in what one Catholic official called an unprecedented atmosphere of anger.
In the face of the protest, Yu Mei-nu, a lawmaker from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party who put forward the bill, said that legislators agreed to hold two public hearings in the coming weeks before further debates in the hope of avoiding further antagonism.
The protesters — organized by "Taiwan Family," an amalgamation of different pressure groups — are demanding 30 public hearings and a referendum.
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