China is not considering recognizing same-sex marriage, a spokesman for the People's Republic parliament said on Wednesday, highlighting just how much of an uphill battle the LGBTQ community faces advocating for gay rights in Asia. Zang Tiewei, spokesman for parliament's legal affairs commission, said at a news briefing that Chinese law only recognizes marriages between opposite sex couples, and that it will stay that way, Reuters reported. While some legislators in China have proposed measures to recognize same-sex relationships over the years, they have not been successful. Tiewei's comments also come just months after Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage, a first in Asia.
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Supreme Court on Tuesday wades into a major LGBT rights dispute over whether a landmark decades-old federal anti-discrimination law that prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sex covers gay and transgender workers. The justices, a day after kicking off their new nine-month term, are set to hear two hours of arguments in three related cases, with LGBT rights activists planning demonstrations outside the courthouse. The Supreme Court delivered an important gay rights decision in legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. Its dynamics on LGBT issues, however, changed following the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who backed gay rights in major cases and wrote the same-sex marriage ruling.
“The love that dare not speak its name”
The Trump administration provided safe haven for anti-LGBT groups and individuals throughout the year, with a particular onslaught on transgender people in Anti-LGBT evangelical groups continue to enjoy unprecedented access to the White House and are intimately involved in forging public policy. Obama-era policies recognizing gender identity in schools and prisons were rolled back.
Yet surveying the various panel discussions left me confused. Gay people were once policed as criminal subversives, depicted in the popular culture as deviants, and pathologized by the medical establishment as mentally ill. Now most of America views homosexuality as benign. Only 30 years ago, 57 percent of Americans believed consensual gay sex should be illegal.