A Ministry of Justice motion to amend the Civil Code and set the legal age for marriage at 18 has been passed by an interdepartment committee and is expected to be forwarded soon to the Executive Yuan for approval.
The motion states that the current age of majority — 20 years old — was set 91 years ago and is not applicable to modern society.
The age of majority for criminal and administrative penalties is set at 18 years old, and only the Civil Code still sets it at 20, it says.
The amendment would unify the age of majority across different sets of laws and make it the same as 170 nations worldwide, the ministry said.
Article 980 of the Civil Code states that males and females cannot marry before they turn 18 and 16 respectively, while Article 973 states that males and females cannot be engaged before 17 and 15 respectively.
The proposed amendment would allow men and women to marry at the age of 18 and could set the engagement age at 17, the Executive Yuan said.
This would allow men and women to decide for themselves whether they want to be married at the age of 18, or get engaged at 17 without having to get the consent of their parents or guardians, the Executive Yuan said.
Executive Yuan officials said the decision to raise the engagement age for females stemmed from concern that agreeing to such an arrangement might affect their right to study or to work.
Civic groups applauded the motion and urged the Executive Yuan to swiftly pass the amendment so that it could be entered into the roster for debate at the Legislative Yuan.
A series of discussions on the legacy of martial law and authoritarianism are to be held at the Taipei International Book Exhibition this month, featuring findings and analysis by the Transitional Justice Commission. The commission and publisher Book Republic organized the series, entitled “Escaping the Nation’s Labyrinth of Memory: What Authoritarian Symbols and Records Can Tell Us,” to help people navigate narratives through textual analysis and comparisons with other nations. The four-day series is to begin on Thursday next week with a discussion between commission Chairwoman Yang Tsui (楊翠), Polish-language translator Lin Wei-yun (林蔚昀), and Polish author and artist Pawel Gorecki comparing
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT: A US Air Force KC-135 tanker came less than 1,000 feet of an EVA plane and was warned off by a Taipei air traffic controller, a report said A US aerial refueling aircraft came very close to an EVA Airways jet in the airspace over southern Taiwan, a military aviation news Web site said. A report published by Alert 5 on Tuesday said that automatic dependent surveillance–broadcast (ADS-B) data captured by planfinder.net on Wednesday last week showed a US Air Force KC-135 tanker “coming less than 1,000 feet [305m] vertically with EVA Air flight BR225 as both aircraft crossed path south of Taiwan” that morning. The report included an audio recording of a female controller from the Taipei air traffic control center telling the unidentified aircraft that it was
MOVING OUT: A former professor said that rent and early education costs in Taipei are the nation’s highest, which makes it difficult for young people to start families The population of Taipei last year fell to the lowest in 23 years due to high rent, more transportation options and the expansion of northern cities into a single metropolis, academics and city officials said on Monday. Data released this month by the Ministry of the Interior showed that the capital was home to 2,602,418 people last year, down 42,623 from 2019. The decline is second only to 1993, when the population fell by 42,828 people, while Taipei’s population was the lowest it has been since 1997. Taipei saw the biggest drop among the six special municipalities, while Taoyuan led the group in
‘EFFECTIVE DETERRENCE’: If the Biden administration suspends arms sales to Taiwan, the military could still ready a nimble fighting force for defense, an analyst said The “US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific” last week sparked debate among analysts after US President Donald Trump declassified the document 20 years ahead of schedule. Trump on Tuesday last week released the document that had governed US strategic action in the region since the US leader approved its use in 2018. The document, which outlines US priorities in the region, emphasizes the importance of defending Taiwan against military aggression and facilitating the country’s development of asymmetric strategies and capabilities. The overall directive of the document is for the US to prevent China from establishing sustained air and sea dominance inside the first