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Taiwan legalizes same-sex marriage

IANS  |  Taipei 

on Friday legalized following a vote, a landmark decision that makes the self-ruled island the first in to pass gay marriage legislation.

In 2017, the island's constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry, reports the

Parliament was given a two-year deadline and was required to pass the changes by May 24.

On Friday, lawmakers debated three different bills to legalize same-sex unions - the most progressive of which was passed.

The two other bills, submitted by conservative lawmakers, refer to partnerships as "same-sex family relationships" or "same-sex unions" rather than "marriages".

Hundreds of gay rights supporters gathered outside the building in the capital to await the landmark ruling.

The change comes despite public backlash to the 2017 court ruling, which pressured the government into holding a referendum.

The referendum results showed that a majority of voters in rejected legalizing same-sex marriage, saying that the definition of marriage was the union of a man and woman.



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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 11:58 IST