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Taiwan Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage!

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Taiwan Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage!

Taiwan Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage!

It happened! Taiwan finally approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, making the self-ruled island the first place in Asia to pass gay marriage legislation.

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The vote came just two years after the island’s Constitutional Court ruled that the existing law — which said gay marriage was unconstitutional. Taiwan Parliament was given a two-year deadline and was required to pass the changes by 24 May but, on Friday, lawmakers in Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan passed a bill making same-sex marriage a reality. It is set to go into effect on May 24.

Thousands of supporters of same-sex marriage waited outside the legislature in Taipei in the rain waiting for the decision. Many shouted for joy and cried after finally hearing what they wanted to hear for years.

Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen said the bill shows that there is “kindness and conscience” in the country.

“I congratulate our gay friends for being able to win society’s blessing, and I also want to say thanks to those who have different beliefs but still offered support for this law,” she wrote in a Facebook post

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