Introduction of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights
The Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights ("TAPCPR") was founded in 2009, and registered with the Ministry of the Interior in August 2012. The TAPCPR has two important missions: first, giving LGBTIQ people in Taiwan the equal right to get married; second, providing adequate and equal legal and systematic protection for the ever-changing family structures in Taiwan.
To achieve these goals, we have drafted three bills for diversified family formation in 2012, after researching and discussions for over two years, and submitted the marriage equality bill to the Legislative Yuan in 2013. We have also tried to shake up the established system through litigation. There is currently a legal case involving a same-sex couple requesting to register their marriage. We submitted this case with the Grand Justices for constitutional interpretation in August 2015.
Despite the fact that the movement for diversified family formation legislation in 2013 encountered strong resistance from homophobic religious groups, the TAPCPR will continue to implement its strategies through legislation and educating people, in order to realize the ideals of "Freedom to Love and Equality for all Families" in Taiwan.
Lobbying and Social Initiatives
We endeavor to gain support from all political parties, legislators and politicians for diversified family formation bills, and we seek support and recognition from society through strategies such as communications through the media, political rallies, collection of signatures, participation in elections, lobbying, and panel discussions, in order for the bills to be passed.
Major campaigns or rallies that the TAPCPR has organized:
Million-Signature Petition for Diversified Family Formation (2012)
Wedding Banquet on Ketagalan Boulevard (2013)
Rainbow Rally by the Legislative Yuan (2014)
Parade for Marriage Equality (2015)
Legislator Assessment for Marriage Equality (2015)
Marriage Equality Panel Discussion (2015)
Free legal counselling for LGBTIQ people (once a week)
Pro bono assistance for LGBTIQ people in litigations related to diversified family formation and human rights violations
Monitoring Gender Policies
The TAPCPR actively monitors the central and local governments for their implementation of gender-friendly policies, such as allowing same-sex couples to participate in Joint Weddings, allowing partnership registry in household registrations, installing gender-friendly restrooms, rainbow landscape installations, and organizing LGBT cultural centers.
Volunteers Organization and Empowerment
The TAPCPR trains volunteers so that they can become activists that take part in a variety of movements for diversified family formation.
Speech on Gender/Sexuality Rights
The TAPCPR organizes nearly a hundred speeches every year in places including schools, public sectors, communities, and LGBT organizations, in order to inform people from all corners of Taiwan on diversified family formation and gender/sexuality rights.
The TAPCPR organizes a cultural event every month, raising and discussing gender/sexuality issues in terms of literature, philosophy and sociology.
The TAPCPR publishes books and booklets related to LGBT rights and diversified family formation.
The TAPCPR makes films, websites, flyers, and items for charity sales in order to promote the ideas of diversified family formation.
The TAPCPR operates a Facebook page that compiles and comments on news, video clips, articles or music related to gender/sexuality rights.
The TAPCPR operates a LGBT Family Info website that compiles important foreign and local news related to gender/sexuality rights.
LGBT Family Info: http://lgbtfamiliesinfo.tw
Introduction to the Draft Bill
Three draft bills for Diversified Family Formation
"Diversified family formation" refers to three sets of draft bills, namely same-sex marriage bills, civil partnerships bills, and multiple-person family bills. These three bills are in the form of amendments to the Civil Code, with an aim to allow same-sex couples to have the equal right to get married, and to offer reasonable legal protections for families not in the form of marriage.
The main goal of marriage equality is to give same-sex couples the equal right to get married. The relevant amendments of the Civil Code are aiming at allowing two adults regardless of gender, sexual orientation or sexual identification to register themselves as legally married, and giving same-sex couples the equal right and opportunity to adopt children.
The same-sex marriage bill passed the first reading in the Legislative Yuan in October 2013, and then was sent to the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee in December 2014 for review for the first time in history in Taiwan. After the review, both the Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist Party) and the Democratic Progressive Party were reluctant to put this bill on the agenda again. The efforts that people put into this bill all went down to the drain when the 8th legislative term ended in early 2016. The legislators in the new legislative term in 2016 will need to start from the beginning by proposing the bill anew.
Civil Partnership System
The civil partnership system is a new family system for Taiwan, with the aim to allow two adults of any gender and sexual orientation to negotiate and enter into agreements with respect to their share of assets, inheritance, domiciles, among other things, and to apply with the government to register themselves as civil partners. Unlike the marriage system, the families from both sides of the civil partners do not have the relationship of in-laws, and they can freely negotiate how their assets are inherited. When a relationship comes to an end, the civil partnership system also allows either party to terminate the partnership, so that the relationship may end in a more amicable manner. The purpose of this system is to protect lovers or close friends that live together.
We are still working on informing and exchanging ideas with the public. This proposal has not obtained enough signatures from the legislators for it to become a bill in the Legislative Yuan.
Multiple-person Family System
A family member generally refers to someone with a direct blood relationship or relationship through marriage. In Taiwan, however, many people do not live with their family due to a variety of reasons, but live with friends who share similar goals in life or interests, or common needs. These may be people with the same religious faith, people with diversified gender identifications that have left their family of origin, people with similar diseases and disabilities, women that have been divorced or widowed, or people that have come to live under the same roof due to wars, natural disasters or immigration. They take care of each other and treat each other like family. This multiple-person family system is designed to protect these people, allowing them to register
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Address: No.188, Jingfu St., Wenshan Dist., Taipei City 116, Taiwan