On Saturday, between 200,000 and 300,000 citizens turned out to protest a bill that would delete the reference to "man and woman" from the civil law defining marriage in Taiwan (known as "Civil Law 972").
Pictures from the event are remarkable:
President of the Control Yuan party, Wang Chien-shien, marched with the protesters, saying that while he has “respect and support all homosexual people,” he fears that amending the marriage laws will “affect the healthy marriage system and healthy families, which are the foundations of a stable country,” reported The China Post.
The ruling Kuomintang party (KMT) urged in a Nov. 29 press conference for a postponement in the review of the amendment.
"The KMT do not oppose gays or lesbians and we want to treat them legally and protect their human rights as well. But we need to be more careful when it comes to our traditional virtues that concern our families," said KMT spokesperson Lin Te-fu, reported Want China Times.
The coalition to oppose the bill amending Civil Law 972 has already been formed, and over half-a-million signatures have been collected. [Read more here.]