Taiwan legalized same-sex marriages

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On International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on May 17th the first Asian country officially legally approved marriage equality. Legislators voted for a government-backed bill that would extend the current definition of marriage to have same-sex unions included. Conservative opponents had proposed rival bills that would define partnerships as “same-sex unions” or “same-sex familial relationships,” but not marriage. Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen’s Democratic Progressive Party pushed through its law in a vote on Friday. Prior to the vote, Tsai tweeted:”Good morning #Taiwan. Today, we have a chance to make history & show the world that progressive values can take root in an East Asian society. The vote came 2 years after Taiwan’s top court ruled that defining marriage as being between only a man and a woman was unconstitutional. Taiwan’s supreme court set a two-year deadline for the East Asian country to introduce legislation for same-sex marriage. Friday’s vote met the requirement a week before the supreme court’s May 24 deadline.

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