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Us versus Them: The Debates on the Legislation of Same-Sex Marriage (1994 - 2015) in Taiwan.

Authors
  • Lee, I-Ching1
  • Lin, Wei-Fang2
  • 1 Department of Psychology, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. , (Taiwan)
  • 2 Department of Psychology, ChungYuan Christian University, Taoyuan City, Taiwan. , (Taiwan)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of homosexuality
Publication Date
Mar 21, 2022
Volume
69
Issue
4
Pages
655–676
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2020.1848148
PMID: 33269991
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Taiwan, the first country in Asia to provide same-sex couples a legal right to marriage, has witnessed furious debate on both sides. To understand this debate, we combined content analysis and the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) method to capture themes and states of mind reflected in the news articles. Arguments based in human rights and reflecting heterosexual preferences which were observed elsewhere also dominated the discourses in Taiwan. First-person pronouns, positive and negative emotions, and differentiation were found to be associated with rights discourses and, in turn, support for same-sex marriage. The themes, the state of mind of the involved parties, and same-sex marriage legalization are further discussed.

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