News Brief: Taiwan Becomes FIRST Asian Country to Rule in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

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News Brief Taiwan FIRST Asian Country to Rule in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

News Brief Taiwan FIRST Asian Country to Rule in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

News Brief:  Taiwan Becomes FIRST Asian Country to Rule in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

Taiwan has become the first Asian country to order its parliament to legalize same-sex marriage.  The highest court in the land has ruled that Article 972 of the Civil Code, which states that marriage is between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.

The parliament will now be forced to amend the laws or pass new ones to formalize the decision in favor of marriage equality.

The case was brought to the court by LGBT rights campaigner Chi Chia-wei.  The long-serving gay activist attempted registering his marriage to his male partner in 2013, but was rejected.  He responded by petitioning for the case to be heard, prompting a legal struggle.  Municipal authorities in Taipei seeking clarity over other same-sex marriage requests also helped in his case. 

Speaking to AFP before the ruling, Chi said he was “100 percent confident” that the court would rule in favor of same-sex marriage.  He urged a quick change in the process of marrying and said same-sex couples should be allowed to marry immediately. 

The Committee in Taiwan’s Legislature passed an amendment to include same-sex marriage in the Civil Code of the country on 26 December. 

The passage of the amendment was the first step to legalizing same-sex marriage.