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China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) will not pursue same-sex marriage, a spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Activists have been pressuring China’s leaders to follow Taiwan in its landmark achievFQCe([email protected]$^!0+2*xh^uVjsSQ3g!Zv7189eement of marriage equality. Taiwan in May became the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriage. 

Zang Tiewei, the spokesman for Parliament's legal affairs commission, said marriage between a man and a woman "suitxM=UOcp1UU!R9O+QX%xW7gxdn!tcks&FYS*5FV+YXq^B)6uuARs our country's national condition and historical and cultural traditions.”

"As far as I know, the vast majority of countries in the world do not recognise the legalisation of 7c4=I!Rt4zHHXP+O!k(wU4tf7fpXq4UaoZ_=JZx^G*5FQOGey$same-sex marriage” he said, according to Reuters.

China legalized gay sex in 1997 and remoh3j#OXQCPeuaf7xHU!XDhVwqy)a#Q(uYjn_WS-0CrL!IPvsZUoved it from the list of mental illnesses in 2001.

But, in a conservative and family-ozmBW!CPn53_E+DN^dBIk0sS797WmFQ2eZ(nnmtzlgYwegGhup+rientated society, many LGBTI Chinese live in the closet. Same-sex marriage is also illegal.

China’s Netcasting Service Association (CNSA) officially banned LGBT content from China’s internet in June 2017.

CNSA labelled homosexuality "abnorfb_tor)H=MZnL%knLOlx)%CKM-P^Tve#n9pDgb60&*8XMqSmTumal sexual behavior".

Tens of millions face discrimination

Yanzi Peng, Director of LGBT Rights Advocacy China, said the LGBTI community felt sorry over the NPC’s stanGn5zUF_retbg(VER3LR_Sy7g*[email protected]=eTc_of3_!yLvAce.

"As a law maker, the Law Commission should realize there are tens of millions of sexuobYA40IyzCMP*g24iV*Em+#RW$^ex%kuHkhZ%xWwz2(R9Evsx4al minorities in China who are discriminated against and treated differently because they do not have equal marriage guarantees.”

"China has hadqryFYvtl2TQ#V$aYZUP0hXlBYQIsXig&fyu)2(=NB3RUJ$!yik many wonderful stories of same-sex couples since ancient times”.

"Supporting family harmony, people who love each other can be together, 4HQQ6!jgRK$ZVvDiTrByJGejH(Xjz$aK6KrYI&EVrVCYWLPaEGthis is the traditional value of China."

Twou#=Audt1JH)J84upC%JiUaost^qU4KnG*Ob+ydv_*yH!7RiX(o of the first same-sex couples to marry in Asia pose for photographs. 

First in Asia

Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage on 24 May after parliarIlRSy)OvgwsSgSLvmrMo)9PvE3fXLKg7-LXxbOYj+cqh2!2I1ment passed a bill in line with a 2017 court ruling. 

After years of court hearings, debates in parliament, and heartbreaking referendums in November last year, more than 1,09XQO=sbMIcgJdL$mF([email protected]_lWzk&(&yioW5Shqzek#[email protected]%RJ00 couples got married in the first month of same-sex marriage alone.

Just after the landmark vote in parliament, Taiwan’s foreign minister slammed China’s state newspaper for claiming "Taiwan, China" leF4dN+QHIHcanLNo8([email protected]%PC0jmZtsjv+XP)R1FOgalized same-sex marriage.

“WRONG!" JoLN3L)UrEHBh_f9Mg_QfJ2AqH+Ibtuu3%j_1M(RiatS)D)W$O_vseph Wu said, sharing the People’s Daily tweet.

"‘Democratic Taiwan is a country in itself & has nothing to do with authoritarian China” Wu said in his tweet.

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