In a first for Asia, Taiwan Bill legalises same-sex marriage

In a first for Asia, Taiwan Bill legalises same-sex marriage

Updated on 18 May, 2019

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Taiwan's parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage More in News
  • The bill allows same-sex couples to form ‘exclusive permanent unions’ and lets them apply for a ‘marriage registration’ with government agencies.
  • Bill gives couples many of the tax, insurance and child custody benefits available to male-female married couples. That makes Taiwan the first place in Asia with a comprehensive law both allowing and laying out the terms of it.
Background
  • In May 2017, Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalise but the government was unable to implement its top court ruling in the face of conservative opposition. The court had given the government time till May 24, 2019, to implement its order or see marriage equality enacted automatically.
  • In a referendum in November 2018, 67% voters had opposed it. However, The government had said the referendum results would not impact the court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, but the results had made it tougher for lawmakers to pass legislation.
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