Taipei-The Taipei High Administrative Court on Thursday rejected a marriage appeal filed by two women, after a Taipei household office refused to register their union, making them the third lesbian couple to be rejected by the court since last October.
The couple, Jennifer Lu (???) and Chen Ling (??), had appealed to the court to overturn the decision by the Zhongzheng District office in 2014 not to allow them to register as a married couple.
In a statement Thursday, however, the court said household registration offices do not have any legal grounds on which to register same-sex marriages until the relevant laws are passed within the next 16 months, in compliance with a landmark ruling by the Constitutional Court last May.
The Constitutional Court's historic Interpretation No. 748 gave the Legislature two years to amend existing laws or pass new ones to give marriage rights to all couples.
Lu and Chen were among 30 same-sex couples who applied to city offices in August 2014 for legal recognition of their unions. The offices turned down all the applications, and three of the couples subsequently filed lawsuits.
The two other cases, filed by same-sex couples Fang Min (??) and Lin Yu-li (???), and Liang Tzung-huei (???) and Chu Pei-shuan (???), were rejected by the court on Oct. 12 and Dec. 27 last year, respectively.
In a statement Thursday, the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights which helped the couples file the lawsuits, said it regrets the court's decision but will not give up until marriage equality is recognized.
The alliance said the Constitutional Court has already confirmed the unconstitutional nature of the Civil Code that bans same-sex marriage, therefore, it is now the responsibility of the government to address the situation and put forth gay marriage legislation.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel