Same Sex Marriage Legal in Taiwan

Published on May 20, 2019
Taiwan becomes the first of any Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage with the passage of a legislation giving gay couples the right to marry.
Same Sex Marriage Legal in Taiwan


  • On 17th May, the Lawmakers of Taiwan passed part of a bill that would allow gay couples to enter into exclusive permanent unions and apply for marriage registration with government agencies.
  • The 66-to-27 vote recognizes same-sex marriages and gives couples many of the tax, insurance and child-custody benefits available to male-female married couples.
  • Taiwan's high court ruled on May 24, 2017, that barring same-sex couples from marrying violates the Taiwanese constitution and gave the legislature two years to pass a corresponding law or see same-sex marriage become legalized automatically.
  • The process was frequently stalled amid conservative opposition.
  • In November 2018, Taiwan voted in a public referendum to deny same-sex couples full marriage rights.
  • Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) responded by submitting a legislation designed to comply with the court ruling and the referendum result.


Q. Which country has become the first of any Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage?
a. Japan
b. Taiwan
c. Vietnam
d. South Korea

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