Taiwan becomes first country in Asia to rule in favour of same-sex marriage
Taiwan has become the first Asian country to order its parliament to legalise same-sex marriage.
The highest court in the land has ruled that Article 972 of the Civil Code, which states that marriage is between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.
The parliament will now be forced to amend the laws or pass new ones to formalise the decision in favour of marriage equality.
— Ministry of Culture (@CulturalTaiwan) May 24, 2017
The case was brought to the court by LGBT rights campaigner Chi Chia-wei.
The long-serving gay activist attempted registering his marriage to his male partner in 2013, but was rejected.
He responded by petitioning for the case to be heard, prompting a legal struggle.
His case was helped by municipal authorities in Taipei seeking clarity over other same-sex marriage requests.
Speaking to AFP before the ruling, Chi said he was “100 percent confident” that the court would rule in favour of same-sex marriage.
He urged a quick change in the process of marrying and said same-sex couples should be allowed to marry immediately.
The Committee in Taiwan’s Legislature passed an amendment to include same-sex marriage in the Civil Code of the country on 26 December.
The passage of the amendment was the first step to legalising same-sex marriage.
The issue of same-sex marriage has been widely and hotly debated in the country over the past year.
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The protest which was held in Taipei was organised in association with the Rescue Taiwan Hope Alliance, a homophobic group working to prevent the legalisation of same-sex marriage.
Protesters held signs showing pro-LGBT politicians as scorpions, snakes and tarantulas.
Religious groups have also been at the forefront of opposing to the shift towards equality.