Date
17 December 2017
Participants in Sunday's march for heterosexual marriage refrained from openly attacking same-sex. marriage. Photo: HKEJ
Participants in Sunday's march for heterosexual marriage refrained from openly attacking same-sex. marriage. Photo: HKEJ

Marriage activists walk fine line in protest march

Proponents of heterosexual marriage walked a fine line when they staged a protest march in Hong Kong Sunday.

While declaring what they stood for in banners emblazoned with their advocacy, they refrained from openly attacking same-sex marriage.

Organizer Family Value Foundation of Hong Kong said about 25,000 took part in the march in Tsim Sha Tsui district, Sky Post reported Monday.

Anton Wan, a spokesman for the group, was disappointed after legislator Priscilla Leung from the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong showed up with a banner proclaiming “anti-transgender marriage”.

However, the group’s calibrated stance did not stop individual participants from speaking out.

“Same-sex marriage will break the traditional family structure and will have a great impact on succeeding generations,” a protester surnamed Lam was quoted as saying. 

Choi Chi-sum, general secretary of Christian conservative group Society for Truth and Light, said the government should carefully study proposed amendments to Hong Kong’s marriage ordinance relating to transgender rights.

“Understanding does not mean acceptance,” Choi said.

Meanwhile, Brian Leung of Big Love Alliance accused Society for Truth and Light of pretending it’s not anti-homosexual and of pandering to more moderate members of society, the report said.

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