Taiwan legalizes same-sex marriage

Taiwan legalized Friday same-sex marriage and becomes the first nation in Asia to take the move.

Following the vote of lawmakers President Tsai-wen tweeted, “We took a big step towards true equality, and made Taiwan a better country.”

In 2017 the court had given two years time to revise marriage law and change the definition of it in Civil Code.

For long the country had been a leader of gay rights in such region where gay rights have lagged. The annual gay pride parade in Taipei attracted same-sex partners from various countries where they are treated unequally.

In one such example is Brunei that lately made changes in law making gay sex illegal and punished death by stoning.

Tsai took office in 2016 and in her election campaigns she promised to support same-sex marriage, but for a brief period the momentum had stalled due to protests from conservative groups and church.

In last year’s referendum voters opposed same-sex marriage and politicians slowed down moving forward fearing getting punished in 2020 national election.

Following the vote of lawmakers President Tsai-wen tweeted, “We took a big step towards true equality, and made Taiwan a better country.”

The deadline by court is to expire on May 24 and ahead of it legislatures have acted, but marriage equality advocates are criticizing the proposal as it limit adoption rights.

However, supporters of marriage equality claimed victory and Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights said, “This clause was approved with a high level of cross-party support, guaranteeing that the Legislative Yuan will complete the high court’s order and on May 24 same-sex couples can register without a hitch.”

Paul Linus

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