Taiwan was the first place in Asia to legalize gay marriage, but seven million citizens voted on a referendum against it.
A conservative referendum to specify marriage as between a man and a woman in Taiwanâs Civil Code passed despite Taiwan legalizing gay marriage last May. The government gave two-years to put it into action, but conservative opposition has gotten in the way.
âThe regression of gender equality âŠ deals the most severe blow to Taiwanâs democratic values," Jennifer Lu, a spokeswoman for Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan told Reuters.
Despite the referendumâs grim outlook for same-sex marriage, the government said it will not impact the courtâs original decision to legalize gay marriage. With less than a year to bring gay marriage in, they are facing even more of a challenge with the conservative referendums.