• Hsu Cheng-wei, a gay counter-protesting doctor, is removed by police from a rally against legalising same-sex marriage in Taipei, Taiwan, 13 November 2016. (EPA/DAVID CHANG)Source: EPA/DAVID CHANG
A spokesman for the rally said that they support equal rights, but that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
By
Ben Winsor

18 Nov 2016 - 1:13 PM  UPDATED 18 Nov 2016 - 1:13 PM

Taiwan's government is pressing on with plans to become the first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage, but it hasn't come without controversy. 

This week, thousands of anti-same-sex marriage protesters marched through Taiwan's capital, Taipai, in a bid to stop the government moving forward with the legislation.

Both the government - which was elected earlier this year - and major opposition parties support the change, but there is opposition from some religious and conservative groups.

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The crowd - estimated at between 10 and 20 thousand - wore white and chanted slogans as a telecast of lawmakers debating the legislation was broadcast on large screens. 

David Tseng, spokesman for the rally, told Agence France-Presse that the group supported equal rights, but that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

“Now they want to amend the law to do away with the ‘father’ and ‘mother’ altogether,” he told the news agency.

“We are different from the West. In Eastern culture, we place great importance on filial piety to one’s father and mother. This is a virtue we must keep,” he said, calling for a public referendum on the changes. 

Polls from recent years show majority support for same-sex marriage among Taiwan's citizens.

Footage of the protests:

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