A first in Asia: Taiwan makes history by legalizing same-sex marriage

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      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.

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