There has been some great and highly important news from Asia this week regarding marriage laws and rights within the country. Taiwan has become the first Asian country to rule in favor of same sex marriage after a historic ruling was announced on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017.
The judicial Yuan said that current Taiwanese marriage laws were “in violation of both the people’s freedom of marriage and the people’s right to equality”.
This is a historic landmark event with it being the first ruling of its kind to happen anywhere in the continent and it shows a progressive shift in laws within the Taiwanese culture, which are traditionally based on conservative attitudes.
“This is a clear victory for equal rights in marriage and it is also a victory for all the people,” said Victoria Hsu, the lead lawyer supporting Chi’s case. The move has now put Taiwan as a leader of liberalism out in the region.
The road to this ruling, which in its simple clarity affords equal marriage rights for both same-sex couples as opposite-sex couples, hasn’t been a short, nor an easy one of course. LGBTQ rights activists have been calling for changes for many years, and the reward comes after arduous campaigning across the country.
After the ruling by the Democratic Progressive Party towards the end of May, supporters hit the streets in their masses, collectively gathering out in the streets around the island’s parliament waving banners and brightly colored umbrellas to shelter from light rain.
Taiwan is regarded by China as renegade province and it has held annual gay pride parades since 2003, across the different provinces in the country.