Taiwan has made same-sex marriage legal

Taiwan’s top court ruled on May 24 2017 that a marriage should not be restricted to a man and woman, making the island the first place in Asia to allow same-sex couples to tie the knot.

A panel of 14 grand justices ruled that the definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman in Taiwan’s civil law violates constitutional guarantees of equal protection.

The panel also ruled that the current law has to be amended within two years, failing which same-sex marriages will be allowed to be registered anyway.

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