The current proposal changes only articles 972, 973 and 980 of the Civil Code, altering the words from ‘male’ and ‘female’ to gender-neutral language.
But Hsu Li-ying, from the Judicial Yuan's (Supreme Court) Juvenile and Family Department, said the new legislation ‘may need to be more comprehensive’.
However, speaking at Taiwan’s first legislative hearing on legalizing gay and lesbian marriages Hsu made no alternative proposal.
The hearing was attended by legislators, lawyers, gay rights activists and scholars.
Deputy Justice Minister Chen Ming-tang told them that it wasn’t just the Civil Code that would have to change, but also laws regarding parentage, taxes or health insurance. That meant that the Justice Ministry couldn’t do it alone, he said.
Meanwhile Chen Wei-lien, director of the Ministry of Justice's Department of Legal Affairs, suggested they would invite a scholar specializing in the Civil Code to look at Taiwanese attitudes to same-sex marriage early next year.
A poll in September by United Daily News showed 55% approval of gay marriage laws with only 37% against.
But it also found 61% couldn’t accept their children being gay with only 37% saying they could.