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Thousands protested in Taipei Thursday against draft bills that would make Taiwan the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, arguing traditional family values would be undermined.Supporters of gay rights are more hopeful than ever that same-sex marriage will soon become a reality under the pro-gay rights Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which is in control of parliament for the first time.David Tseng, spokesman of the rally's organizer, The Happiness of the Next Generation Alliance, said that while the group supported equal rights for same-sex partners in certain areas, marriage should only be between a man and a woman.Taiwan is one of the region's most forward-thinking societies when it comes to gay rights, but progress on marriage equality had been stagnant, because of resistance from the Kuomintang (KMT) party, which dominated politics for decades before being unseated by the DPP in May.
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