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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.

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