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Taiwan becomes first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage
2019-05-17 10:23:31

Taiwan's parliament has become the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage following a vote on Friday, the BBC reports. 

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

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

Lawmakers debated three different bills to legalise 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 of Taipei to await the landmark ruling.