With the parliament set to vote on a same-sex marriage bill soon, over 1,200 people in Taiwan attended a mock wedding banquet on Sunday in an attempt to gain support for the bill. Participants sat around tables decorated with red cloths printed with the Chinese character for "wedding", as they had dinner and watched a video recording of local celebrities showing support as well as live performances in a makeshift banquet venue in a square outside the presidential office in Taipei. "This looks likes a traditional wedding scene and even if it's not real, I think a picture is worth a thousand words and I hope we will get more public attention and support for same-sex marriages," said Richard Chen, a 22-year-old student from Taipei. The event was aimed at building momentum for a bill on legalising same-sex marriage and civil partnership drafted by the advocacy group Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights, set to be submitted to parliament when its next session begins in mid-September, the alliance said. "We organised the event in the form of a wedding banquet in the hope that everyone regardless of his or her sexual orientation can have equal rights to get married and have families," said Severia Lu, a spokeswoman for the alliance. "We are optimistic about the bill as public support in Taiwan is growing while there is also a global trend to recognise same-sex marriages after France, Britain and New Zealand enacted such laws." Gay and lesbian groups in Taiwan, one of Asia's more liberal societies, have been urging the government for years to make same-sex unions legal. Last year, more than 50,000 gays and lesbians and their supporters marched in Taiwan to push for legalising same-sex marriage as the island marked its 10th annual Gay Pride event. However, the campaign suffered a setback in January when Chen Ching-hsueh and partner Kao Chih-wei dropped their appeal to an administrative court against a government agency which had rejected their marriage registration in 2011. Chen said he had "lost his faith in the judiciary" but added that death threats to him and his parents via Facebook had been among factors prompting him to abandon the appeal. "I think there is still a difficult road ahead of us because there is not enough public consensus on the issue of same-sex marriages. I think we have to wait for one or two years for the bill to be passed," said participant Ruby Tsai, a 24-year-old who works in retailing.Source: AFP << Cinema Paradiso Struggles to Stay Open in Damascus Another Study Underlines the Dangers of Living Beside a Bus... >> Recommended Reading Next Generation of Young Footballers Likely to be More Supportive of Gay Teammates A joint study reveals that the next generation of young footballers is likely to be more supportive of gay teammates compared to their predecessors from a decade ago. READ MORE Ministers, Mayor Participate in Gay March in Croatia A Gay Pride march in Croatia's second city of Split involving 500 people received support from two ministers and the mayor who joined the march. READ MORE Montenegro’s Gay Pride Parade Ends in Clashes Montenegro's first gay pride parade ended in clashes between riot police and extremists who had resorted to stone-throwing in protests against the parade in the staunchly conservative country. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Drug - Food Interactions Fongitar (Zinc Pyrithionone) Indian Medical Journals More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?