Parliament votes in favor of marriage for all

LGBT rights activists gathered to follow the result of the vote in parliament. – Chiang Ying-ying / AP / SIPA

The Taiwanese parliament on Friday legalized the
same-sex marriage, a first in Asia, two years after a landmark decision in the sense of the highest jurisdiction of the island. This vote, by a large majority, confirming Taiwan's place in the vanguard of Asia with regard to gay rights, is a victory for human rights organizations.
LGBT who have been mobilized for years to obtain the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples.

In May 2017, the Constitutional Court of Taiwan issued a judgment ruling that it was unconstitutional to deprive same-sex couples of the right to marry. The Court then gave until May 24, 2019 to the government to amend the law, stating that marriage for all would become a reality if nothing was done.

This is the most progressive text that has been approved

But the conservative opposition was mobilized by organizing a series of referendums in November, during which a majority rejected the idea that marriage could be defined differently from what it is now, namely a union between a man and a man. a woman, which had considerably reduced the government's legislative leeway.

Less than a week from the fateful date, Parliament was seized Friday, which happens to be the World Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, three competing bills to address the issue of same-sex unions. The most progressive text was that of the government of President Tsai Ing-wen, the only one who uses the word "marriage".

Hundreds of supporters of marriage for all had gathered Friday outside Parliament, despite heavy rains, to put pressure on elected officials.

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