Gay pa­rade ahead of vote

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TENS of thou­sands of peo­ple have gath­ered in Tai­wan’s cap­i­tal for the city’s an­nual gay pride pa­rade ahead of ref­er­en­dums next month that will de­ter­mine whether same­sex mar­riages will be recog­nised on the is­land.

In a first for Asia, Tai­wan’s Con­sti­tu­tional Court ruled in favour of same-sex mar­riage in May 2017, punc­tu­at­ing a long cam­paign by ad­vo­cates for gay rights.

Author­i­ties were given two years to ei­ther en­act or amend rel­e­vant laws, fail­ing which same-sex cou­ples could have their mar­riages recog­nised by sub­mit­ting a writ­ten doc­u­ment.

But lit­tle progress has been made to­wards im­ple­ment­ing the court’s rul­ing.

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