I've been trying to figure out what to tweet about #Taiwan. Today is the 15th anniversary of Massachusetts granting FULL *in-state* marriage equality to all people. Today also the day Taiwan legalized "separate but equal" marriage equality. washingtonpost.com/archive/politi…
What is happening in Taiwan is deeply personal for me as a person with Taiwanese citizen parents in law so intensely disapproved of my race and sexual orientation that they begged my spouse not to marry me, calling me mentally ill and initially refusing to meet me.
When the Supreme Court of Taiwan commanded the Taiwanese national legislature to pass a law granting same sex couples partnership rights, I celebrated. I thought finally my in law's would have to see that Taiwanese society had changed.
.@MrProfChanda warned me to temper expectations. Not because of his parents and sister (who ultimately sided with their parents in demonizing me?!) -- but because the Supreme Court gave the legislature flexibility.
They didn't have to change the civil marriage code to expand it to include all people. They could pass a separate law granting "similar" rights to non-hetero(cis)sexual couples.

That is what happened today in Taiwan.
The legislature had three options today. Of the three, the best one passed. It at least calls the partnerships "marriage" and includes some adoption rights. The other two were worse and avoided even calling the partnerships "marriage." But let's be clear, this is a mixed outcome.
1. Those of us who are Black American understand intensely that "separate but equal" is fundamentally unequal. This is not full equality.
2. The DPP -- the ruling party -- could have passed full equality and chose not to bc they thought it would preserve their power. It won't.
3. The KMT -- which came from Chian and colonized Taiwan in 1947 -- are likely to take back over the government in the next election, and they are . . . awful. They won't fix this.
4. S Court has already ruled. I don't see a judicial path to fixing this . . . for a long time.
I thought I would be happier today, but instead I am filled with anger and disappointment. Queer Taiwanese -- Queer Asians -- deserve FULL EQUALITY.

I also carry heartbreak from what happened to my family, daily. Today, it's more keen, more on the surface.
This is a positive development, but it is not the full victory that the (queer) Taiwanese diaspora -- and their multi-ethnic/racial spousal community -- deserves. I'm upset the DPP punted this to a future generation. It may be decades now. They gave up our rights for their power.
Yup, this is also my impression. They passed up the political moment where they could have made full equality a reality, and I think their political considerations were ultimately trash.
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