'The Vote Cannot Fail' Read Their Signs. It Didn't

Taiwan's legislature voted to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 17, 2019 6:28 AM CDT
One Asian Country Now Allows Same-Sex Marriage
Same-sex marriage supporters gather outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, May 17, 2019. Taiwan's Constitutional Court is scheduled to decide Friday on legalizing same-sex marriage, marking a potential first in Asia. The signs read ''Vote Can't Be Defeated.''   (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Taiwan's legislature voted Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, a first in Asia and a boost for LGBT rights activists who had championed the cause for two decades. Lawmakers pressured by LGBT groups as well as church organizations opposed to the move approved most of a government-sponsored bill that recognizes same-sex marriages and gives couples many of the tax, insurance, and child custody benefits available to male-female married couples. That makes Taiwan the first place in Asia with a comprehensive law both allowing and laying out the terms of same-sex marriage. Taiwan's Constitutional Court in May 2017 said the constitution allows same-sex marriages and gave parliament two years to adjust laws accordingly, reports the AP.

Thousands of people demonstrated Friday morning in the rainy streets outside parliament before the vote. Many carried rainbow-colored placards reading "the vote cannot fail." About 50 opponents gave speeches favoring marriage between only men and women. Taiwan's acceptance of gay and lesbian relationships began in the 1990s when leaders in today's ruling Democratic Progressive Party championed the cause to help Taiwan stand out in Asia as an open society. Although claimed by China as its own territory, Taiwan is a self-governing democracy with a vibrant civil society dedicated to promoting rights for sexual and ethnic minorities, women, the handicapped, and others.

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