TAIWAN, FIRST IN ASIA TO LEGALISE SAME SEX MARRIAGE
Gay rights campaigners celebrate in Taipei (DM) TAIWAN, (DAILY MAIL, 17 MAY 2019 -
Taiwanese lawmakers have voted to legalise same-sex marriage, becoming the first in Asia to do so. Parliament passed a bill describing the partnerships as ‘same-sex marriage’ on Friday, seeing off attempts to water down the phrasing to ‘same-sex family relationships’ or ‘same-sex unions’ instead.
But conservative groups threatened to ‘strike back’ at next year’s general election, saying the voice of 7million people who voted against samesex marriage in a referendum last year ‘had been trampled.’
The vote comes two years after the selfgoverning island’s constitutional court struck down a definition of marriage as being only between a man and a woman and gave ministers a two-year deadline to enshrine the ruling in law.
That deadline had been due to expire on May 24. Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen pressed ahead with the change, tweeting ahead of the vote that ‘we have a chance to make history and show the world that progressive values can take root in an East Asian society.