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Colourful celebrations in Taipei as Taiwan legalises same-sex marriage

  • Colourful celebrations in Taipei as Taiwan legalises same-sex marriage
    Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage on Friday, as thousands of demonstrators outside parliament cheered and waved rainbow flags, despite deep divisions over marriage equality. Colourful celebrations in Taipei as Taiwan legalises same-sex marriage

Officials in Taiwan have passed a law allowing same-sex marriage in a first for an Asian country.

Colourful celebrations took place in Taipei on Friday as Taiwan has become the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage.

The vote allows same-sex couples full legal marriage rights, including in areas such as taxes, insurance and child custody.

Thousands of people, including same-sex couples, demonstrated on Friday morning outside Parliament before the vote took place.

Many held colourful umbrellas or rainbow-coloured placards reading: “The vote cannot fail.”

蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen @iingwen in Twitter. " 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. 
Today, we can show the world that #LoveWins"

In November 2018, a majority of voters in Taiwan rejected same-sex marriage in an advisory referendum.

However, legislators favouring the bill, and voting separately on each item, said the bill followed the law as well as the spirit of the referendum.

In May 2017, Taiwan’s Constitutional Court said the constitution allows same-sex marriages and gave Parliament two years to adjust laws accordingly.

The law, however, allows same-sex marriages only between Taiwanese, or with foreigners whose countries recognise same-sex marriage. It permits adoption of children biologically related to at least one of the same-sex pair.

The vote followed a years-long tussle over marriage equality that culminated in a 2017 declaration by the democratic island's constitutional court giving same-sex couples the right to marry, and setting a deadline of May 24 for legislation.

Taipei's colorful gay pride parade, one of Asia's largest, puts on display every year the vibrancy of the island's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

"After 30 years of fighting, homosexuals can finally get married," said 32-year-old musician Ken Chen, who was outside parliament watching the vote broadcast live. "Many of us were in tears."