Taiwan legalises same-sex marriage

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Taiwan has become the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage in Asia, following a vote in parliament.

The decision in parliament comes after a ruling in 2017 by the nation’s constitutional court, stating that same-sex couples had the right to marry and giving a two year deadline for this to be put into effect.

The Taiwanese parliament, the Legislative Yuan, was required to pass the changes by next Friday.

The government’s bill, which also gives same-sex couples the right to adopt, passed by 66 to 27 votes.

The bill will come into effect after the Taiwanese President, Tsai Ing-wen.

Taiwan is the 25th country to legalise same-sex marriage, and the second to do so this year, after legislation in Austria came into force on January 1st.

The nation, also known as the Republic of China, remains in a dispute with the People’s Republic of China, which claims sovereignty over the island state.

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