The country is one of the most progressive in Asia on LGBT rights, providing some LGBT rights protections and allowing some limited recognition of same-sex relationships. The country’s lawmakers claim that the bill to officially recognize same-sex marriages is already in work.
The bill would change the definition of marriage to specify it is between two people, rather than between a “man and woman”. As the legislation heads towards Parliament, hopes are high that it could pass – making Taiwan the first country in Asia to permit same-sex couples to marry. The country’s President, Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party, previously expressed support for equal marriage.
There is some opposition to the legislation, however, primarily from Western-inspired fundamentalist church groups, who have some influence in the region. The anti-LGBT Alliance of Religious Groups for the Love of Families Taiwan has vowed to protest the change.