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Taiwan becomes the first of any Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage

Taiwan becomes the first of any Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage with the passage of legislation giving gay couples the right to marry. On 17th May, the Lawmakers of Taiwan passed part of a bill that would allow gay couples to enter into exclusive permanent unions and apply for marriage registration with government agencies. The 66-to-27 vote recognizes same-sex marriages and gives couples many of the tax, insurance and child-custody benefits available to male-female married couples.

Taiwan’s high court ruled on May 24, 2017, that barring same-sex couples from marrying violates theTaiwanese constitution and gave the legislature two years to pass a corresponding law or see same-sex marriage become legalized automatically. The process frequently stalled amid conservative opposition. 
In November 2018, Taiwan voted in a public referendum to deny same-sex couples full marriage rights. Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) responded by submitting legislation designed to comply with the court ruling and the referendum result. Two competing bills that would be less favorable to the gay community were submitted, but they failed to gain traction.

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