Taiwan becomes first Asian country to legalize same sex marriage

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In a landmark decision, lawmakers in Taiwan on Friday approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The self-ruled Island now becomes the first country in Asia to make gay marriage legal.

Two years ago, the island’s Constitutional Court had ruled that their existing law; which say marriage should be between a man and a woman was unconstitutional. Parliament was thereafter given two years to amend the constitution or enact new laws.

On Friday May 17 which was just a week off the two-year deadline, lawmakers in Taiwan passed the bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The bill goes into effect May 24, 2019.

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As soon as it was announced, thousands of people in Taiwan took to street in jubilation despite the heavy rain.

Same-sex marriage supporters took to the streets to celebrate

Although Taiwan has the largest number of gay people in Asia, the issue of marriage equality has divided Taiwanese society.

In a referendum in November 2018, 67% reportedly voted to reject same-sex marriage.

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