People around the world are talking about a landmark ruling in Taiwan today that has paved the way for the island to become the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, and that includes Chinese netizens on Weibo.
A hashtag about the ruling has gone viral on the popular social media network, becoming a top ten trending topic today. Some Weibo users have cheered the historic ruling, others have booed, and still others have announced their plans for moving to Taiwan as soon as possible.
“Does anybody know about migrating to Taiwan? I need to know for my boyfriend and I” writes one Weibo user. “I want to move to Taiwan, my boss should already be getting worried about me,” commented another netizen with his sights set across the strait.
Still, other web users couldn’t help but rain on the parade, telling those who are considering traveling to Taiwan for their wedding that their marriage still won’t be legal on the mainland.
While China took homosexuality off its official list of psychiatric disorders in 2001, it is still a long way from legalizing same-sex marriage as gay couples in China have found courts reluctant to uphold their rights.
As their counterparts across the strait celebrate, most gay rights supporters in China can only watch and hope that in the future they will get the chance to cheer in the street following a similar court decision.
“I want to congratulate all my friends in Taiwan and say that someday we will be joining you,” one Weibo user wrote.
It’s important to note that the Taiwan court’s ruling has not instantly legalized gay marriage on the island. Finding the ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, the court has given the legislature two years to revise Taiwan’s Civil Code to include provisions for same-sex marriage.
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