Asia’s First Same-Sex Marriage Legislation: The Interplay of President, Court and Society
Free Public Lecture
Theatre 102, Level 1
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street
T: (03) 9035 1111
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2019 Seabrook Chambers Lecture
In mid May 2019, Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan passed Asia's first same sex marriage law, in compliance with a constitutional court decision and subsequent public referendum.
Confronting this highly divided issue, the society took extreme positions and campaigned vigorously, in the midst of election and in the form of public referendum in particular. It is intriguing how the controversy was resolved with president, court and vigilant social society interplayed in the young constitutional democracy.
Professor Yeh looks at the issue against the backdrop of recent global democratic backsliding. The lecture will discuss how controversy surrounding Asia's first same sex marriage law was resolved by interplay between the president, court and vigilant social society, highlighting how the interaction may lead to better constitutional governance.