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In a first for Asia, Taiwan's parliament approves same-sex marriage

In a first for Asia, Taiwan's parliament approves same-sex marriage

The NPP motion sought to exempt such couples from regulations stipulated in the Act Governing the Choice of Law in Civil Matters Involving Foreign Elements, which state that the marriage of a transnational couple is governed by the laws of their respective countries.

It was not immediately clear, however, if same-sex couples are entitled to key rights, such as adoption and cross-national marriage, with parliament continuing to discuss the measure on Friday.

In exchange, the phrase "to register for marriage" was added to Article 4 to ensure the bill does not violate the spirit of Constitutional Court Interpretation No. 748, which ordered lawmakers to deliver a bill to guarantee same-sex couples' freedom of marriage and right to equality by May 24.

Cindy Su was one of the thousands of gay marriage supporters gathered outside parliament on Friday in the run-up to the debate. "I'm deeply moved", said Liu Tzu-wei, waiting in the rain for the ruling outside the legislature.

"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.

President Tsai Ing-wen hailed the vote as a "big step towards true equality" that "made Taiwan a better country".

Meanwhile, Tseng Hsien-ying, from the Coalition for the Happiness of Our Next Generation, told AFP news agency the vote had "trampled on Taiwanese people's expectations that a marriage and a family is formed by a man and a woman, a husband and a wife".

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"I congratulate our gay friends for being able to win society's blessing, and I also want to say thanks to those who have different beliefs but still offered support for this law", she wrote in a Facebook post.

Judges had given the government until next Friday to pass legislation.

Tsai's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) holds the majority in parliament, occupying 68 out of 113 seats. At New Taipei Banqiao High School, students organised a week-long event in early May encouraging male classmates to wear skirts to support gender equality and challenge societal norms of what men and women should wear.

"We need to take responsibility for the referendum previous year and we need to take responsibility for people who have suffered from incomplete laws or faced discrimination", ruling party legislator Hsiao Bi-khim said during the three-hour parliament session. The bill, passed in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan, will go into effect May 24.

The vote - which took place on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia - is a major victory for the island's LGBT community who have campaigned for years to have equal marriage rights and it places the island at the vanguard of Asia's burgeoning gay rights movement.

Gay rights groups hailed the vote on Friday, saying the ability to apply for a "marriage registration" - known as Clause Four - put their community much closer to parity with heterosexual couples.


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