Taiwan has become the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.
On May 24, 2017, Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled that the country’s ban on same-sex marriage violated the constitution and gave the government two years to amend or overturn the law to be in compliance with the ruling.
According to CNN, the country passed the law on early Friday. The new law is scheduled to take effect later next week.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen celebrated the law’s passage in a tweet shortly after.
“Good morning #Taiwan. Today, we have a chance to make history & show the world that progressive values can take root in an East Asian society,” she said in the tweet.
— 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) May 17, 2019
“Today, we can show the world that #LoveWins,” she continued.
Taiwan’s LGBTQ community took to social media to celebrate the historic moment:
#LoveWins! @HRC congratulates all the advocates who have worked so long & hard for this incredible victory, making #Taiwan 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐀𝐬𝐢𝐚 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐦𝐞-𝐬𝐞𝐱 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐠𝐞! Special shout out to #HRCGlobal partners Jennifer Lu & Benson Lee. pic.twitter.com/DyAMUUZUnF
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) May 17, 2019
Thousands of gay rights advocates gathered today at Taiwan’s capital building as lawmakers legalized same-sex marriage.
The vote, which goes into effect May 24th, gives same-sex couples full legal marriage rights and makes Taiwan the first Asian nation to legalize it pic.twitter.com/zwCNjoeRe9
— POLITICO (@politico) May 17, 2019
so happy for the lgbt+ community in taiwan today, but let’s remember that the fight isn’t over until everyone everywhere gets to experience the joy of having your love validated in the eyes of one’s government 🏳️🌈✊😤 愛就是愛 #taiwan pic.twitter.com/Bqsbsc2kGj
— JUSTIN_NICK🔜DreamHack Dallas (@justin_moore) May 17, 2019