Of the proposed three bills that would have legalised same-sex marriage, the most progressive one was chosen, which is even better news for absolutely everyone concerned.
As the bill was being passed, thousands of gay rights protesters gathered outside the parliament building in Taiwan’s capital, Taipei.
It was an emotional affair as people crowded in the rain, cheering and embracing.
The new law also gives same-sex couples limited adoption rights and was passed by 66 to 27 votes. The other two bills competing against this one wanted to allow what would be known as “same-sex family relationships” or “same-sex unions”, rather than “marriages”.
Jennifer Lu, chief co-ordinator of rights group Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan, told Reuters:
“The fight for equality does not stop here. We will continue to fight against discrimination, bullying and defend gender equality education.”
Elias Tseng, a gay pastor, spoke to the AFP news, saying:
“For me the outcome today is not 100 percent perfect, but it’s still pretty good for the gay community as it provides legal definition.”
The news is 100% a step in the right direction and is fantastic news. We can now only hope and work towards things progressing even further in Taiwan and across the globe.
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