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Taiwan Becomes First Asian Country To Legalize Same-sex Marriage

Emeka Nnaike

Taiwan’s parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage, following a parliament vote on Friday.

In 2017, the island’s constitutional court had ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry, with Parliament being given a two-year deadline to pass the changes by 24 May 2019.

The bill was passed by 66 to 27 votes – backed mainly by lawmakers from the majority Democratic Progressive Party.

It will take effect after Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen passes it into law.

Hundreds of gay rights supporters gathered outside the building in the capital of Taipei to await the landmark ruling, and there were shouts of joy and some tearful embraces when the result was announced.

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