Keum Tae-sup

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Keum Tae-sup (금태섭) (1967–) is a conservative liberal politician in South Korea.

He was originally a representative centrist politician in the Minjoo Party of Korea, but was released from the party by opposing the Minjoo Party's anti-prosecutor and pro-police policy.[1][2][note 1] He was critical of the mainstream Minjoo Party's view of weakening the prosecution's power and strengthening police power, and had argued for an alternative way of limiting the prosecution's investigative rights.[3]

Since 2021, he has been in solidarity with Ahn Cheol-soo,Wikipedia a conservative liberal politician who was a famous entrepreneur.[4]

Political stance on social issues[edit]

  • He is one of the few politicians in South Korea who actively speaks out on minority human rights issues.
  • He announced that he would run for mayor of Seoul on January 31, 2020, claiming that he would create the "Seoul Human Rights Ordinance".[5]
  • He is a feminist. He strongly criticized Korea's patriarchal holiday culture and was one of the most active politicians in improving women's rights.[6]
  • He has been a very active politician in LGBT+ issues since he was a member of the Minjoo Party. He is one of the few liberal politicians who participated in the Queer Pride parade in South Korea, where there is strong discrimination and opposition to LGBT+.[7]
  • He argued that being "against homosexuality" was not freedom of expression. He is also active in enacting anti-discrimination laws. (The Minju party's mainstream does not want to enact an anti-discrimination laws in consideration of the votes of Christians and the many South Korean voters who are against LGBT.)[8]

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Notes[edit]

  1. South Korea is a country where private gun ownership is completely banned except for special cases for hunters, so unlike the United States, police power is not that strong. Therefore, unlike the United States, center-left social liberal parties may take a pro-police stance.

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