ucanews.com reporter, Hong KongPublished: January 12, 2017 09:00 AM GMT
Some permanent deacons in Hong Kong Diocese have expressed "strong disagreement and regret" over Taiwan legislators having completed the first reading of a bill that takes the island one step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage.
The first statement made by a social concern group of permanent deacons, formed in October, was published in Kung Kao Po, the Hong Kong diocesan weekly, on Jan. 8 and on their own website.
They were extremely disappointed that lawmakers in Taiwan had given up their role to protect and safeguard the completeness of marriage, the deacons said.
The amendment to Article 972 of the Civil Code in recognition of equality rights passed the vetting process by the judiciary committee of the Legislative Yuen on Dec. 26. It is expected that the bill would go for a third reading in April, and would turn Taiwan into the first Asian country to allow same-sex marriage, if passed.
Deacon Edwin Ng, a member of the social concern group, told ucanews.com that "Same-sex marriage is not just happening in Taiwan but worldwide. We could see that Hong Kong falls in this trend. This violates church ethics," Deacon Ng said.
….as we enter the last months of 2021, we are asking readers like you to help us keep UCA News free.
For the last 40 years, UCA News has remained the most trusted and independent Catholic news and information service from Asia. Every week, we publish nearly 100 news reports, feature stories, commentaries, podcasts and video broadcasts that are exclusive and in-depth, and developed from a view of the world and the Church through informed Catholic eyes.
Our journalistic standards are as high as any in the quality press; our focus is particularly on a fast-growing part of the world - Asia - where, in some countries the Church is growing faster than pastoral resources can respond to – South Korea, Vietnam and India to name just three.
And UCA News has the advantage of having in its ranks local reporters who cover 23 countries in south, southeast, and east Asia. We report the stories of local people and their experiences in a way that Western news outlets simply don’t have the resources to reach. And we report on the emerging life of new Churches in old lands where being a Catholic can at times be very dangerous.
With dwindling support from funding partners in Europe and the USA, we need to call on the support of those who benefit from our work.