A landmark decision has been taken by the Taiwanese lawmakers by legalizing same-sex marriage on Friday, May 17, 2019 also observed as the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, thus making Taiwan the first in Asia to pass gay marriage legislation.
Taiwan’s Constitutional Court in May 2017 said the constitution allows same-sex marriages and gave Parliament two years to adjust the laws accordingly. On Friday only a week off the two year deadline the lawmakers in Taiwan’s legislature passed the bill thus making the long struggle of the LGBTQIA+ community a reality.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted: “Today we have a chance to make history and show the world that progressive values can take root in an East Asian society.”
Thousands of demonstrators were seen waving the rainbow flag outside the parliament cheering in favor of the landmark decision. Despite heavy rain in the capital Taipei, around 40,000 supporters were seen bearing rainbow umbrellas, flags and placards in support of marriage equality.