While office workers took in the spectacle, one couple after another exercised their new legal right to register their unions. As cameras snapped away, Jennifer Lu, the chief coordinator of the Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan, politely but firmly kept the news media circus at bay, making sure that the newly recognized newlyweds had enough space. For Ms.
Same-sex marriage also known as gay marriage is the marriage of two people of the same sex or genderentered into in a civil or religious ceremony. In the modern era, same-sex marriage started being legalized at the beginning of the 21st century. Today, it is available in 28 countries.
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On June 12,Ecuador became the fifth country in Latin America and the 30th in the world to recognize same-sex marriage. It was a watershed moment in the highly religious country after a lengthy legal battle between the government and two same-sex couples who petitioned for the right to marry. In a ruling, Ecuador's highest court recognized that right and ordered the National Assembly to pass marriage-equality legislation.
On May 17, the Taiwanese parliament passed a bill that would allow same-sex couples to apply for marriage registration. This followed the decision by the Constitutional Court two years ago that same-sex couples should have the constitutional right to marry. This has not been a smooth journey, as the Taiwanese electorate voted in referendums last year not to implement teaching about LGBT issues, and to restrict marriage under the Civil Code to heterosexual couples.
People demonstrate for the legalisation of gay marriage and parenting on December 16, in Paris, France. People fighting for same-sex marriage rights around the world have seen global support increase in recent years. Australia, Malta, and Germany legalized same-sex marriage inand Taiwan made history last monthbecoming the first government in Asia to welcome legislation on marriage equality.
TAIPEI Reuters - Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday, as thousands of demonstrators outside parliament cheered and waved rainbow flags, despite deep divisions over marriage equality. The bill, which offers same-sex couples similar legal protections for marriage as heterosexuals, takes effect on May 24 after Tsai signs it into law. The law, however, allows same-sex marriages only between Taiwanese, or with foreigners whose countries recognize same-sex marriage.
A growing number of governments around the world are considering whether to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriages. So far, more than two dozen countries have enacted national laws allowing gays and lesbians to marry, mostly in Europe and the Americas. In Mexico, some jurisdictions allow same-sex couples to wed, while others do not.
Taiwan has legalised same-sex marriage, the first of any Asian state, with the passage of legislation giving gay couples the right to marry. Thousands of gay rights supporters gathered in heavy rain outside parliament in the capital, Taipei, to watch a live broadcast of the proceedings. Now the law says everyone should be treated equally no matter who you are, who you love.