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Taiwanese conservative regarding marriage

Referendum results also show they prefer the status quo on issue of island's name

The defeat of a referendum on equal marriage rights for same-sex couples shows that Taiwanese society remains largely conservative, despite the significant headway the gay rights movement has made.

Taiwanese also signalled they prefer the cross-strait status quo by voting down the use of "Taiwan" as the island's name at international meets like the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 27, 2018, with the headline 'Taiwanese conservative regarding marriage '. Print Edition | Subscribe