Taiwan Will Be The First Asian Country To Legalise Same-sex Marriage


Taiwan/Indonesia: After Taiwan's top court ruled in the favour of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, the country became the first in Asia to officially back the same-sex relations. Hundreds of supporters celebrated what is considered to be their first victory, waving rainbow flags symbolizing LGBTQ rights and marriage equality. "This is obviously a gross legislative flaw", it said in a statement.

Chi Chia-wei, a 59-year-old gay rights activist, was one of the petitioners who has brought the case to the Taiwan constitutional court.

Although Taiwan is known for its liberal stance on many issues, Christian groups have consistently fought against same-sex marriage, asserting its possible negative effects on families and children, the Washington Post reported.

There was already legislation working through the Legislative Yuan to allow same-sex marriage, but it has been held up by traditionalists who philosophically disagree with the policy, the BBC said.

The ruling follows the creation of a lobby formed in recent years by gays and lesbians in Taiwan. "The opposition toward gay marriage in Taiwan won't just gladly accept it and give up the debate, so the debate will continue".

The Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that current laws, which say that marriage is between a man and a woman, violate the Constitution. Legalizing same-sex marriage is a platform that President Tsai Ing-wen campaigned on back in 2016.

LGBT activists are now holding a celebratory rally near the legislature building.

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Taiwan's government has two years to implement the ruling, failing which same-sex marriages will be allowed to registered anyway.

Taiwan is home to the largest gay pride parade in Asia, attracting tens of thousands of participants each year.

Marking a first in history, Taiwan has ruled that same-sex marriage is legal - it was the first country in Asia to do so.

It also stated that the freedom of marriage for homosexuals will "constitute the collective basis, together with opposite-sex marriage, for a stable society".

The decision is binding, so a ruling in Chi's favour would pave the way for same-sex unions to be legalised.

While same-sex marriage has gained support throughout the globe since the early 2000s, Asian countries have not jumped on board.