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Hong Kong deacons regret Taiwan's openness to same-sex unions

Lawmakers in Taiwan have given up their role to safeguard the completeness of marriage, they say

ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong

ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong

Published: January 12, 2017 09:00 AM GMT
Hong Kong deacons regret Taiwan's openness to same-sex unions

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.

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