Taiwan allows same-sex marriage policy

  • In Taiwan, same-sex couples will enjoy the same rights as heterosexuals in the future.
  • From the 24th of May you are allowed to marry.
  • The majority of the population in the Asian country is against gay marriage.

Taiwan was the first Asian country to pass a law allowing same-sex marriage. The law grants homosexual couples the same rights as heterosexuals in terms of taxes, insurance and custody of children. Tsai Ing-wen's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) bill passed two competing drafts that provided for less rights and protection for same-sex couples.

Nevertheless, the law is highly controversial, even in Tsai's own party. "You can use scientific evidence as the basis for many other draft laws, but this draft touches people's religion, values, and beliefs," said DPP faction leader Ker Chien-ming.

The majority of the population is against the legalization of gay marriage. 72 percent of the population spoke out against a referendum last November. Nevertheless, DPP MPs were required to vote in favor of the bill.

Tsai had pledged her support to the LGBTQ community before she was elected president. After her election, however, she preferred to leave it to the courts and the parliament to work for the equality of homosexuals. In May 2017, the Taiwan Constitutional Court ruled that same-sex marriage was constitutionally unobjectionable and gave Parliament two years to draft a legalization law.

Already 200 same-sex couples have registered to marry on May 24th. It is the first day this will be possible in Taiwan.

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