Asia is, and always has been, big on patriarchy and heteronormativity. So, it is no surprise that most Asian countries frown upon, even criminalize, homosexuality.
The catalyst behind this impending decision is the tragic suicide of 67 year-old French professor, Jacques Picoux, who killed himself shortly after his partner of many years succumbed to cancer. Picoux was deeply depressed because Taiwan’s current laws did not allow him any say in critical decisions regarding his partner’s medical care, nor was he allowed any legal claim to property the two of them had shared.
We actually can see that there are about 66 legislators who will probably vote yes on marriage equality. That’s a majority of 58.4 percent, the first time in Taiwanese history that we have more than half.