Date
26 September 2018
Gay lawmaker Raymond Chan said his proposal to study the feasibility of allowing homosexual couples to enter into a civil union was almost completely changed by amendments submitted by a pro-Beijing colleague. Photo: HKEJ
Gay lawmaker Raymond Chan said his proposal to study the feasibility of allowing homosexual couples to enter into a civil union was almost completely changed by amendments submitted by a pro-Beijing colleague. Photo: HKEJ

Lawmaker cries ‘murder’ after gay marriage motion mangled

People Power lawmaker Raymond Chan Chi-chuen said he has written to Legislative Council president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen demanding an explanation on why his proposal to study the feasibility of allowing homosexual couples to enter into a civil union was almost completely twisted, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Chan, Hong Kong’s first openly gay politician, told media during a tea gathering that he had planned to engage lawmakers in discussions on whether the government should study the formulation of policies so that homosexual couples could enjoy equal rights as heterosexual ones.

Chan said the Basic Law does not provide that a marriage must be between a man and a woman but states that the freedom of marriage of Hong Kong residents and their right to raise a family freely shall be protected by law.

He said he has submitted the content of his motion on gay marriage to Leung for it to be discussed in Legco next month.

But Leung should not have approved an amendment on the motion from lawmakers Priscilla Leung Mei-fun of the pro-Beijing Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong, he said.

According to Chan, the amendment requires that the current marriage system in Hong Kong, which only allows a marriage between a man and a woman, should not be changed under any circumstances because the mainstream social values need to be respected and children should grow in a healthy environment.

Expressing his discontent, the gay lawmaker said all but six words in the original English version of his motion were removed in the amendment, calling the action tantamount to murdering it.

Chan said he won’t mind if his motion ends up being voted down, but there is no justified reason for the Legco president to give the green light to the amendment, which he said runs against his original intent.

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