After months of anticipation, protests, and campaigns, Taiwan made history on Wednesday as the first country in Asia to recognise same-sex marriage.
The ruling panel, made of 14 judges, has ruled that it is unconstitutional to ban same-sex couples from getting married.
Taiwan’s government has two years to implement the ruling, failing which same-sex marriages will be allowed to registered anyway.
People from all across the region took to Twitter in celebration.
Today in Taiwan our Top Court announced same-sex couples can get married just like everyone. Feel very happy & proud to hear that. #lovewins
— ちほ (@hollyho_) May 24, 2017
And outside Taipei’s parliament, the celebrations continued.
Efforts to legalise gay marriage in Taiwan quickly gained momentum after President Tsai Ing-wen, who openly supported marriage equality, came to power last May.
Pro-gay marriage rallies took place in the many weeks leading up to the court ruling, with similar gatherings by those who were against same-sex unions.
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