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Taiwan Becomes First Asian Nation to Legalise Same-Sex Marriage

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Taiwan Parliament legalises same-sex marriage

Taiwan’s Parliament passed a landmark bill on Friday, making the nation the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage

The Taiwanese Parliament passed a bill that legalised same-sex marriage across the nation on Friday. It has now become the first country in Asia to do so.

In 2017, a constitutional court of the East Asian nation ruled in favour of same-sex marriage. The government was given a two-year deadline to implement the same.

Three bills, vis-a-vis same-sex relationships, were tabled in the Parliament ahead of the final deadline on May 24. The government’s bill was passed. The bill passed was seen as the most progressive.

The rejected bills were presented by conservative policymakers that advocated “same-sex unions” and not “marriages”. The government’s bill was passed by a majority of 66 to 27 votes. It ensures marital and limited adoption rights for same-sex couples.

Taiwanese President, Tsai Ing-wen has expressed her support for the decision through social media. The bill will come into force after the President passes it.

The President tweeted, “Today, we have a chance to make history and show the world that progressive values can take root in an East Asian society.” Ahead of the vote, hundreds of LGBTQ rights supporters and activists stood outside the Parliament in heavy rain.

The Friday vote in the capital city of Taipei coincided with the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

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