Same-sex marriage in Taiwan became legal on 24 May This made Taiwan the first nation in Asia to perform same-sex marriage. On 24 May , the Constitutional Court ruled that the marriage law was unconstitutional and that the constitutional right to equality and freedom of marriage guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry under the Constitution of the Republic of China. The ruling Judicial Yuan Interpretation No. The Government responded by confirming that the Court's ruling would be implemented and that the referendums could not support laws contrary to the Constitution.
Taiwan's top court rules in favour of same-sex marriage - BBC News
The highest court ruled that current laws preventing members of the same sex from marrying violated their right to equality and were unconstitutional. The LGBT community hopes legislators will simply amend the existing marriage laws to include same-sex couples, which would grant them the same rights enjoyed by opposite-sex couples, including in cases of adoption, parenting and inheritance — and making decisions for each other in medical emergencies. Religious and parents groups opposed to gay marriage say they will lobby parliament not to pass any laws on legalisation. Self-ruled Taiwan, over which China claims sovereignty, is known for its liberal values and holds the biggest annual gay pride event in the region. Momentum for marriage equality has been building since last year, when President Tsai Ing-wen, who is openly supportive of the move, came to power. But the debate has prompted a backlash, with mass protests by conservatives in recent months.
Taiwan gay marriage: Parliament legalises same-sex unions
These are external links and will open in a new window. Taiwan's parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage following a vote on Friday. In , the island's constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry. Lawmakers debated three different bills to legalise same-sex unions and the government's bill, the most progressive of the three, was passed. Thousands of gay rights supporters gathered in the rain outside the parliament building in the capital, Taipei, to await the landmark ruling.
Chi also advocated for recognition of same-sex unions. In , Chi applied to the Taipei District Court notary office with a request for a notarized marriage license, which was promptly rejected; his appeal to the Legislative Yuan was also rejected in harsh terms. Soon afterward, on August 15, he was detained by police with being involved with a robbery, which he denied. Sentenced to a five-year sentence, he was imprisoned for days that year, after which he was subsequently pardoned by a judge and freed.