Taiwan lawmakers have until May 24 to legalise same-sex marriage, according to a ruling by the Constitutional Court, and LGBT campaigners are urging them to back the government’s draft bill in a key vote this week. Photo: AP

Asia’s first same-sex marriage law heads for vote in Taiwan

  • Campaigners want government’s draft bill passed in key vote on Friday
  • Alternative bills ‘discriminatory’ and will lead to court challenge, say activists
Topic |   LGBTI

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Taiwan lawmakers have until May 24 to legalise same-sex marriage, according to a ruling by the Constitutional Court, and LGBT campaigners are urging them to back the government’s draft bill in a key vote this week. Photo: AP
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Karon Monaghan is best known for successfully arguing at the UK Supreme Court for the extension of civil partnerships from same-sex couples to heterosexual ones. Photo: Edmond So

Karon Monaghan, lawyer in landmark Hong Kong LGBT case over gay civil servant’s benefits, says city activists well placed to fight for equality in the courts

  • Basic Law and Bill of Rights empower judges to strike down unconstitutional laws, says British QC
  • But conservative group slams idea of social change by court decree, saying it is a matter for the government and legislature
Topic |   Hong Kong courts

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Karon Monaghan is best known for successfully arguing at the UK Supreme Court for the extension of civil partnerships from same-sex couples to heterosexual ones. Photo: Edmond So
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