Taiwan has legalised same-sex marriage, the first of any Asian state, with the passage of legislation giving gay couples the right to marry. Thousands of gay rights supporters gathered in heavy rain outside parliament in the capital, Taipei, to watch a live broadcast of the proceedings. Now the law says everyone should be treated equally no matter who you are, who you love. Judges had given the government until next Friday to pass legislation.
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While office workers took in the spectacle, one couple after another exercised their new legal right to register their unions. As cameras snapped away, Jennifer Lu, the chief coordinator of the Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan, politely but firmly kept the news media circus at bay, making sure that the newly recognized newlyweds had enough space. For Ms. Since the historic vote, she said, there has been an outpouring of love and acceptance across Taiwan, both by same-sex couples, their friends and families. Tseng Hui-yu and Wei Li-na were two of the first Taiwanese to get their marriages recognized. The couple, who have been together for a decade, posed for a photo with new identification cards that denoted their married status.
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Today marks the fourth anniversary of gay marriage being legalized across the entire United States. To commemorate this milestone in LGBTQ history, we are taking a look at countries around the world that have officially legalized same-sex marriage. Thirty out of countries have passed laws allowing gay marriage , according to the Pew Research Center. Below is a timeline for the 30 countries where same-sex marriage is officially legal. The year marks when the law was first enacted in that country.
TAIPEI Reuters - Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday, as thousands of demonstrators outside parliament cheered and waved rainbow flags, despite deep divisions over marriage equality. The bill, which offers same-sex couples similar legal protections for marriage as heterosexuals, takes effect on May 24 after Tsai signs it into law. The law, however, allows same-sex marriages only between Taiwanese, or with foreigners whose countries recognize same-sex marriage. It permits adoption of children biologically related to at least one of the same-sex pair. Late last year, Taiwan voters opposed same-sex marriage in a series of referendums, defining marriage as being between a man and a woman in civil law, though seeking a special law for same-sex unions.