Taiwan top court rules in favour of gay marriage

Love won today in Taiwan as the high court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage, ruling that the current law that says marriage is only between a man and a woman is unconstitutional. This makes Taiwan the first country in Asia where same-sex marriage is legal. The high court has given the government two years to amend and enact that law.

For the past couple of years, there have been massive protests numbering in the thousands of people who are both and against same-sex marriage. Hope was high that same-sex marriage would pass when the now president, Tsai Ing-wen, and her party were elected and became the majority in the government.

Meanwhile, while Taiwan is moving forward, Hong Kong seems to be moving backward. The ruling last month that granted a Hong Kong civil servant welfare benefits for his partner was great news, but now that ruling is being challenged. Over 27,000 individuals, 80 groups and five lawmakers have signed a petition to reverse the ruling saying it could pave the way to same-sex marriage. Pricilla Leung, pro-Beijing lawmaker and lawyer, stated a need to “protect traditional family values”.

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