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Taiwan is set to become the first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage

Taiwan’s Constitutional Court has paved the way for introducing same-sex marriage in the island. The government now has two years to implement the ruling.

Same-sex marriage could soon be introduced in the Taiwanese legislation. The judges of Taiwan’s Constitutional Court made a historic decision, much awaited by gay rights activists in the island. Taiwan could thus become the first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage.

Denying same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

The decision has come in response to two appeals filed against an article of Taiwan’s civil code that states that marriage is between a man and a woman. The Constitutional Court issued a judgement saying that the article is incompatible with the Constitution, which protects the freedom of marriage and people’s equality.


Taiwan’s government now has two years to pass a new law to introduce same-sex marriage. The legislation could come even earlier considering that Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has already expressed support for gay marriage.

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