The Straits Times
Published on Dec 20, 2012

Taiwan sends gay marriage case to top judges


TAIPEI (AFP) - A Taiwanese court on Thursday shrank away from ruling on a gay couple's wish to have their marriage registered, saying it would pass on the controversial case to the island's top judicial body.

The case has been widely described as a potential "milestone" for gay rights because it could lead to Asia's first legal same-sex marriage.

"The court is preparing to ask the Grand Justices to make further explanations on the case," an official at the Taipei High Administrative Court said.

The court will meet once more on Jan 15 to finalise the decision to pass on the case to the Grand Justices, which are generally considered the highest level in Taiwan's complex legal system, standing above even the Supreme Court.