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Taiwan becomes the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage.

Kye Mack | posted Friday, May 17th, 2019

The vote came almost two years after the islands constitutional court ruled that the existing law, claiming marriage should be between a man an a woman, was unconstitutional. With this law, same-sex marriages are officially recognized and couples can take advantage of the tax, insurance, and child custody benefits available to male-female couples.

Religion, conservative values, and political systems have discouraged LGBTQ2SA+ activism in many Asian countries. While claimed by China, Taiwan is a self-governing democratic society, allowing for freedom when it comes to political decision making.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted: “On May 17th, 2019 in Taiwan, LoveWon. We took a big step toward true equality, and made Taiwan a better country.”

With this groundbreaking decision, this ruling has opened the conversation towards further equality in neighboring countries.

 

kyle mack

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