Definition of marriage

Following the May 24, 2017, Taiwanese justices’ interpretation of the unconstitutionality of the Civic Code regarding marriage, saying that the code does not extend equal rights to same sex marriage and is therefore unconstitutional,  some scholars are now arguing against the interpretation.  One argument is that the interpretation separates marriage from having children.  Another argument says that same sex marriage is not different from marriage between a man and a woman and that same sex marriage will not impact marriage between opposite sex in any way.

Several questions come to mind.  Raising children is the duty of the family, but is having children the duty of a family?  What is the definition of a family?  What is the definition of a natural family?

A pride of lions constitutes a natural family that has multiple females and males and cubs.

Why must marriage be between a man and a woman, and why must a human family have just one father and one mother?  Why is a polygamous family not a natural family?

At the Family Summit of the World Congress of Families XI in Budapest, Hungary, on May 24-28, 2017, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban stressed on May 26, 2017, in his keynote address the importance of children and the natural family.

Why is a polygamous family in which all children are taken care of by their biological and non-biological “mothers” not considered a “natural family”?

Why must marriage by monogamous?  Why can’t marriage by polygamous?

A Yahoo Taiwan survey of 7,900 responses on May 25-28, 2017, about revising Taiwan’s same sex marriage law showed that 20.2% favor revising the civil marriage law, 60.4% favor establishing a special law on same sex marriage, 15.5% say “other”, and 3.9% say “do not know”.  The surveyed population consisted of 68.6% men and 31.4% women.

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Victor Chen, herbalist, alternative healthcare lecturer, Chinese affairs analyst, retired journalist
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