Taiwan becomes first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage, provides couples with insurance and child custody rights

Taiwan's legislature has passed a law allowing same-sex marriage in a first for Asia. The vote Friday allows same-sex couples full legal marriage rights, including in areas such as taxes, insurance, and child custody.

The Associated Press May 17, 2019 13:58:58 IST
Taiwan becomes first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage, provides couples with insurance and child custody rights
  • Taiwan's legislature has passed a law allowing same-sex marriage in a first for Asia

  • The vote Friday allows same-sex couples full legal marriage rights, including in areas such as taxes, insurance, and child custody

  • Taiwan's acceptance of gay and lesbian relationships began in 1990s when leaders in today's ruling Democratic Progressive Party championed the cause

Taipei: Taiwan's legislature has passed a law allowing same-sex marriage in a first for Asia. The vote Friday allows same-sex couples full legal marriage rights, including in areas such as taxes, insurance, and child custody.

Taiwan becomes first Asian country to legalise samesex marriage provides couples with insurance and child custody rights

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Taiwan's Constitutional Court in May 2017 said the constitution allows same-sex marriages and gave parliament two years to adjust laws accordingly.

Taiwan's acceptance of gay and lesbian relationships began in the 1990s when leaders in today's ruling Democratic Progressive Party championed the cause to help Taiwan stand out in Asia as an open society. Although claimed by China as its own territory, Taiwan is a self-governing democracy with a vibrant civil society.

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