In surveys about questions that the public wishes to be raised during the two meetings this year, the proposal on same-sex marriage came second – which surprised me. But the NPC deputies who commissioned me this year told me that the leaders did not agree to submit this proposal. Now, I sent an open online call to the National congress to agree with this proposal 我只好在网上公开征集同意这一提案的人大代表，and I trust that among the thousands of deputies, there will be a few who agree with this proposal. Public concern about this is issue is so high that, if no representative will submit it, we should wonder what the problem is. Aren’t these so-called representatives are supposed to represent the voice of the people? Whether representatives this year will get this proposal approved is will be a test for the National People’s Congress, and show whether it is, indeed, an institution that represents public opinion. I hope that this proposal will be approved, but my hopes would not be too high if the proposal finally submitted was not fully prepared.
So now about the proposal on same-sex marraige：
Suggestion that the country should set up a same-sex marriage bill, for the following reasons
One – homosexuality does not go against any item in the current legal framework of the Chinese Republic, and homosexuals have all the rights of citizens of the PRC. It should be acknowledged that there is no conflict between their demands for marriage and the legal rights of citizens.
Two – homosexuals are a minority, and many countries have established anti-discrimination laws to protect them. Many Western countries now recognize same-sex marriage or civil unions, first Scandinavian countries and Australia, then Canada, France, Germany and the US – in certain States (Massachussets, New York) or cities (San Francisco). If China allows same-sex marriage, this will be an improvement in anti-discrimination and minority protection legislation, and will place China among the more advanced nations in the area of human rights protection; it could prove that our party and our government favour a progressive culture, and can be ahead of certain Western countries in the fight for human rights. Some Western countries, especially Catholic countries, have experienced religious pressure when trying to pass legislation on same-sex marriage, and have had great difficulties in passing legislation to protect this minority. But Chinese traditional culture is much less opposed to homosexuality, and this background could help us score points in the human rights area, so we should put it to good use. Once there are Chinese laws to protect same-sex marriage, it will serve as evidence that China protects human rights, and will make the US laws that only allow homosexuals to join the army seem small comparison.
Three, since homosexual relationships are not sanctioned by marriage, which confers a binding commitment and a form of protection, it increases the level of promiscuity among gay people, which in turn increases the rate of STDs. Although from the point of view of personal standards, long-term monogamous relationships are neither better nor worse than promiscuous or short-term relationships, from the health point of view, they are better. At present, the proportion of male homosexuals affected by AIDS is rising rapidly, with a rate of infection of about 5% in that group, and the figure is still growing. Recognizing same-sex marriage could lead an important number of homosexuals to fort long-term relationships, reducing promiscuity, and thereby reducing the rate of sexually transmitted diseases.
Four, historical and cross-cultural studies show that the pressure of demographic growth in large countries has generally led to a more liberal approach to homosexuality, whereas countries with lower populations are more severe. That is because this big group not having children will have a direct impact on the country’s demography. According to statistics, the proportion of male and femal homosexuals is about 3 to 4 %, which in China would represent 39 to 52 million people. Since there is no same-sex marriage law, a majority of them will enter a heterosexual marriage and reproduce. If they could marry a same-sex partner, this large number of people would not have children, which would be benefit national population control.
Five, because there is a cultural expectation that all people should get married, a great number of homosexuals marry a person of the other sex, causing a large number of unhappy marital situations (such as “gay man’s wife” or “Lesbian woman’s husband”), which impact on the overall quality of marriages, and increase the divorce rate. If China allows same-sex marriage, it will greatly reduce the number of homosexuals entering heterosexual marriages.
Six, China is a world leader in the protection of minority groups and vulnerable groups, such as ethnic minorities or women and children. Protecting homosexuals – another disadvantaged minority – would give our country the image of an enlightened and progressive society, which attempts to promote tolerance among social groups and an atmosphere of harmony. This would benefit the country’s image and social stability, as in Western countries, same-sex equality demands are the subject of many demonstrations and conflicts. Furthermore, tolerance aligns with the Chinese culture, which advocates peace, harmony and collaboration.
In short, allowing same-sex marriage would cause no harm. For the interest of the country, the interest of the people, and the interest of the gay minority, I offer you this proposal, and hope that it will be approved.
Attachment: two specific changes are proposed: one: pass a same-sex marriage bill; two: a slight change in the current marriage law: replace the words “husband” and “wife” in the current marriage law by “spouse”, and in the first instance of this word, add the mention (gender indifferent).
Source : Sina Blog