undreds of same-sex couples have plans to get married on Friday in Taiwan when a long-awaited law on marriage equality finally goes into effect.
On Wednesday, Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen signed the historic piece of legislation granting marriage rights to gay couples. Meanwhile, the Household Registration Department issued a statement explaining the process that same-sex couples must go through to get married, finally clearing the way for Taiwan to become the first in Asia to legalize marriage equality.
The piece of legislation was approved last week by Taiwan’s legislature. Written by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, it was the most progressive of three bills governing same-sex unions that were put forward to the parliament, however, it was still considered to be something of a compromise with conservative campaigners.
It largely avoids the term “marriage,” restricts adoption rights to just the biological children of one of the partners, and only allows Taiwanese to marry a foreigner if that foreigner’s home country is one of the 26 nations that have legalized same-sex marriage.
The law is the culmination of two years of waiting, formally going into effect on the May 24th deadline set by Taiwan’s constitutional court which ruled in May 2017 that not granting marriage rights to same-sex couples was unconstitutional and ordered that marriage equality be enshrined into law… without explaining exactly how this should be down.
Conservative groups in Taiwan fought hard to limit the legislation, securing a referendum last November in which voters opposed changing the wording in Taiwan’s Civil Code of marriage being between “a man and a woman.” However, these efforts ultimately fell short and last week Tsai tweeted out “#LoveWon.”