About 200,000 people took to the streets in Taiwan on Saturday to protest against same-sex marriage, as a debate rages in parliament over a bill that would legalise such unions and same-sex couple's adoption.
The event was organized by The Coalition for the Happiness of Our Next Generation, who rallied in front of Taiwan's Presidential Office on Saturday, calling for marriage to remain between a man and a woman.
"God created human beings as male and female. Only through union of a man and a woman, new life can come out. Producing offspring is an important function of a family," said 40-year-old Ann Huang, who joined the rally with her friends, reported Focus Taiwan.
"We are worried that the bill will confuse children's concepts on education and sexual identity," Yu Yen-hung, one of the founders of the organization told The China Post.
Wang Chien-hsun, head of the Control Yuan, a government watchdog that exercises the powers of impeachment, censure and audit, said the public, not parliament, should decide the matter.
"I support holding a referendum so everybody can express their opinions, as this concerns the country's future; it's not just about two persons loving each other," he said.
But the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights, the group responsible for proposing the same-sex marriage amendment in October, says that it does not want the amendment to be put to a referendum. They claimed that the current law involves the "restriction and denial of basic rights for minorities", according to Life Site News.
Wang Chien-hsun, marched with the protesters, saying that while he has "respect and support all homosexual people," he fears that amending the marriage laws will "affect the healthy marriage system and healthy families, which are the foundations of a stable country," reported The China Post .
Taiwan is the latest in a series of nations and states targeted by gay activists for radical social change despite massive public opposition.
Last month, the Hawaiian legislature rammed through a bill redefining marriage despite an estimated 10,000 people's opposition. Similar stories of government pushing same-sex marriage neglecting massive resistance by the public can be found in France, Scotland, Tasmania, New Zealand, and Estonia.