DPP gives spousal benefits to same-sex partners of party HQ staff

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has extended spousal benefits to the same-sex partners of party headquarters staff. The party announced the decision at a meeting of its central standing committee Wednesday.

Though same-sex couples do not have legal recognition under existing laws, some jurisdictions allow same-sex couples to publically register their partnership. Staff at the DPP's headquarters who are registered in this way will have full spousal benefits, including leave for marriage, parental leave, and the right to pass on their pensions to their partners.

President Tsai Ing-wen, who also serves as DPP chairperson, praised the move as a step towards equal rights.

The party's decision comes days after two DPP lawmakers proposed an amendment to the Civil Code that would legalize same-sex marriage in Taiwan. The decision also comes as Taipei prepares for its annual LGBT pride parade on Saturday.

Source: Radio Taiwan International