Gay rights activists stage a press conference in Taipei after their referendum defeat. Photo: AFP

Taiwan’s image as Asia’s LGBT rights beacon takes a hit as same-sex marriage referendum fails

  • Voters reject plans to rewrite civil code to allow same-sex marriages and include gay relationships in equality classes
  • Campaigners say result is not the end of the line and say they will fight on to try to achieve a consensus
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Gay rights activists stage a press conference in Taipei after their referendum defeat. Photo: AFP
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Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung covers major news in Taiwan, ranging from presidential and parliament elections to killer earthquakes and typhoons. Most of his reports focus on Taiwan’s relations with China, specifically on the impact and possible developments of cross-strait relations under the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party and mainland-friendly Kuomintang governments. Before starting work at the South China Morning Post in 2006, he wrote for Reuters and AFP for more than 12 years.