In a landmark ruling for Asia, the Constitutional Court of Taiwan ruled in favor of gay marriage. The court wrote that
“ The provisions of Chapter 2 on Marriage of Part IV on Family of the Civil Code do not allow two persons of the same sex to create a permanent union of intimate and exclusive nature for the committed purpose of managing a life together. The said provisions, to the extent of such failure, are in violation of both the people’s freedom of marriage as protected by Article 22 and the people’s right to equality as guaranteed by Article 7 of the Constitution.”
Taiwan’s Constitutional Court took similar action as the Supreme Court did in the United States.
In Taiwan, the ruling was about a part of the Civil Code and not about specific provincial or state bans.
This is a really important story and everyone’s a winner. LGBT people in Taiwan are closer to having equal protection under the law. Taiwan is the first country in Asia to rule in favor of gay marriage. This ruling could help to further legitimize Taiwan in terms of external sovereignty. The precedent has been set for legalizing gay marriage in Asia. This ruling will hopefully serve as an example for other Asian countries.
I would not be surprised if other Asian countries follow Taiwan’s example in the near future.
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Court press release