The world relationship with homosexuality has been a long and complicated one. While many countries in the West have decriminalised same-sex relationships, the same cannot be said about countries on this side of the globe. In India, too, it was just last year that we scrapped the archaic Section 377, a 189-year-old colonial law that criminalises gay sex. At the same time, though, in Brunei, just a few months ago, a harsh Sharia law was introduced which called for death by stoning for homosexual sex. Yes, that's the world we live in.
Hundreds of people celebrated the historic judgment and marked the occasion with teary embraces and warm smiles. They couldn't stop celebrating the thing they've been fighting for the most - freedom to love.
— 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) 17 May 2019
— Lai_afi (@Laiafi1) 17 May 2019
What a way to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia!
On May 17, the Legislature voted to legalize #MarriageEquality, making #Taiwan the first country in #Asia to do so.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue and dreams really do come true. pic.twitter.com/Ss3w3BudJ3
— 唐鳳 (@audreyt) 17 May 2019
Taiwan is the first country in Asia to legalise same sex marriage. Today they have made history. LGBTQ+ rights have a long way to go but we are getting there! Congratulations to the LGBTQ+ community in Taiwan 🏳️🌈
— Luke Waltham (@lukewaltham) 17 May 2019
'The other two bills submitted by more conservative lawmakers refer to partnerships as 'same-sex family relationships' or "same-sex unions' rather than 'marriages'. But the bill backed by the lawmakers from the majority Democratic Progressive Party was the only one to offer limited adoption rights. It will come into effect after President Tsai Ing-wen passes it into law.
It's a win for the entire LGBTQ community and for the world. Taiwan, you're an inspiration to all of us. We're proud of you.
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