It was a historic moment for the country and many people gathered outside of the legislature building to hear the ruling. People cheered, laughed and cried when the ruling was handed down.
The Council of Grand Justices ruled that it was unconstitutional to discriminate against same-sex couples. The court gave legislators two years to make the changes, after which they would come in automatically.
Some observers have said the changes could come in as soon as June.
Chi Chia-Wei has been a long-time activist and was responsible for launching the legal proceedings in the Constitutional Court. Needless to say he was ecstatic at the decision.
‘I’m leaping with joy like a bird,’ he told The Telegraph.
‘I’m leaping with joy like a bird’
The man who started it all Chi Chia-Wei
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Love wins 💕💕💕 2017年我們共同見證歷史🌈 台灣成為亞洲第一個判決同婚合法化的國家，我感到無比驕傲！😭😭😭 Taiwan’s top judges have ruled in favour of gay marriage, paving the way for it to become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex unions. #equality #MarriageEquality #LGBT #love #antiprejudice #peace #Taiwan #peaceonearth #sharelove #shareloveeverywhere #dream #world #best #samesexmarriage
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Crowds watch the historic ruling
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The crowd goes wild
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First in Asia
Here’s the man again, Chi Chia-wei
Progress in Asia! Taiwan is set to become the FIRST Asian Country to legalize same-sex marriage. #Taiwan’s top court has ruled that the country’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, in a landmark decision for #LGBTQ rights in #Asia. —————————————————- The man in the picture is Chi Chia-wei. In 1986, the 28-year-old Chi hosted a press conference in front of a McDonald’s in Taipei, becoming the first openly gay man in Taiwan. In the following 30 years, Chi spends most of his adult life in LGBT rights and fights for marriage equality. #lovewins #HumanRights #marriageequality
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Even the corgis are happy
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Yep, that’s pretty much how we all feel right now
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