Taipei, The judicial system should be vigilant in fighting the discrimination and inequalities faced by the LGBTQ community, the president of the Judicial Yuan said during a speech about sexual harassment and assault on Wednesday.
Hsu Tzong-li (???) addressed the issue of sexual harassment and assault, a hot button issue both in Taiwan and overseas, through the lens of gender and sexuality, according to a statement issued by the Judicial Yuan.
Hsu said that while gender equality is required by the Republic of China (Taiwan) Constitution, a gap between the law and common practices still exists due to traditional ideals and ways of thinking.
On the issue of gender, he said it went beyond equality between men and women. It is an issue that has to do with the LGBTQ community, who are a minority due to their sexual orientation, according to the statement.
The judicial system must be aware of the unequal treatment that people of this community face, Hsu said, arguing that as a society evolves, its courts must evolve with it to protect new ideas of freedom, equality and human rights.
Hsu's speech came on the same day that Taiwan's Central Election Commission approved a proposal for a national referendum question that seeks to define marriage as strictly between a man and a woman.
Same-sex marriage activists in the country see the proposal as infringing on the right of same-sex couples to get married as upheld by the Constitutional Court's Interpretation No. 748 of May 2017, which ruled that the prohibition of same-sex marriage in the Civil Code is unconstitutional.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel