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Same-sex marriage passes first reading in Taiwan

Same-sex marriage passes first reading in Taiwan

Taiwan could become first Asian country to pass same-sex marriage

Good news from Asia as same-sex marriage has passed its first reading in Taiwan.

Two amendments went forward in the country’s Legislature today which would offer same-sex couples the right to get married and to adopt children.

The draft will still need to be discussed in the Legislature’s Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee and then pass second and third readings before becoming law.

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party have suggested the amendments, and is being supported by President Tsai Ing-wen. She was sworn in last May.

Tens of thousands have turned out to support the LGBTI community in the progressive island state
Tens of thousands have turned out to support the LGBTI community in the progressive island state Image: @RunSsm via Twitter

‘Last year on Facebook I said: “In love, everyone is equal. I am Tsai Ing-wen, I support marriage equality,”‘ she posted on her Facebook page, Saturday,

‘This year, although my role has changed, my values remain the same.’

It follows Taiwan Pride, which saw hundreds of thousands marching in the capital Taipei on 29 October.

A poll last year found 71% of Taiwanese people supported same-sex marriage.