Question: Which country became the first in Asian continent to legalise same sex marriage?
- Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage.
- It was legalized on May 17 2019 as thousands of demonstrators outside parliament cheered and waved rainbow flags after the parliament passed the law.
- With this, Taiwan`s parliament become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage.
- The island’s constitutional court ruled in 2017 that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry and the Parliament was given a two-year deadline and was required to pass the changes by 24 May 2019.
- Lawmakers in the parliament debated over three different bills to legalise same-sex unions. The most progressive of the three; the government’s bill was passed.
- The two other bills submitted by conservative lawmaker have referred partnerships as “same-sex family relationships” or “same-sex unions” rather than “marriages“.
- Lawmakers from the majority Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) backed the bill, which passed 66 to 27.
- The bill offers similar legal protections for marriage to same-sex couples as heterosexuals. It will take effect after Tsai signs it into law.
- Taipei’s colourful gay pride parade is one of Asia’s largest parades. It puts on display every year the vitality of the island’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
- Taiwan voters opposed same-sex marriage last year in a series of referendums, defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.