As anticipated, Taiwan has achieved a historical event by becoming the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.
The island’s constitutional court ruled in May 2017 that the existing law, which defined marriage as only between a male and a female, as unconstitutional and that same-sex couples have the right to be married.
Today (May 17), Taiwan's parliament, the Legislative Yuan, approved same-sex marriage in Taiwan. The approval occurred on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT).
LGBT activists have faced a challenging legal struggle over the past two decades to achieve marriage equality in Taiwan.
However, not all Taiwanese are in favour of same-sex marriage. In fact, results of a government referendum held in November 2018 revealed that 67 percent of Taiwanese voters were against same-sex marriage.
The new legislation will take effect on May 24.