First of all, for Asia, the Taiwan Parliament supports same-sex marriage.

First of all, for Asia, the Taiwan Parliament supports same-sex marriage.
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan on Friday made the first place in Asia to legitimize a single marriage, because thousands of protesters played outside the Parliament with applause and waved hymns, on parity in marriage.

MPs of the Progressive Democratic Party (DPP) supported the bill, which went from 66 to 27, although this measure could make efforts to win the second term in President Ts. Eng-Wen's presidential election. Next year.

In spite of heavy rains, outside the Parliament in Taipei, some protesters embraced each other with tears, while others "The First of Asia" and "How it is, praised the vote with Taiwanese mantras! "

The bill, which provides equal legal protection for married couples with the same sex, will be applicable after a law making it by Tsai.

"Today we have the opportunity to create history and show the world that progressive values ​​can be rooted in a former Asian society," Tsai wrote on Twitter before the vote.

"Today, we can show the world that #LoveWins," Tsai, who campaigned on the promise of equal marriage in the 2016 presidential election.

However, it was not immediately clear whether same-sex couples are entitled to major rights, such as adoption and marriage between countries, and Parliament continues to discuss the measures on Friday.

The vote was done after a one-year conflict on the parity of marriage, which was declared by the Constitutional Court on the democratic island in 2017, which empowers the same-sex couples to marry and set the deadline for May 24. For the law.

The colorful gay pride parade in Taipei, which is one of the largest in Asia, shows the life force of the island's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities every year.

Challenge for TSAI

However, Friday's move may be a challenge for Ts.E. for the second time in the presidential election in January, because after the defeat by his DPP last year, he was held responsible for his criticism of the program of reforms, including equality in marriage.

At the end of last year, Taiwanese voters opposed same-marriage in a series of referendums, while defining marriage as a man and a woman, while demanding a special law for such unions.

"How can we ignore the repercussions of the referendum, who demonstrated the will of people?" John Woo, a lawmaker from the Kuomintang opposition party, asked the parliament before voting on Friday.

"Can we find a substantial settlement solution?" We need more dialogue in society. "

Conservative groups opposing equal marriage said that the law does not respect the wishes of the people.

A coalition, for the happiness of our next generation, a group said, "The desire of almost seven million people in the referendum has been trampled." "The masses will respond counterattack in 2020."

Australia enacted laws that allow same-sex marriage in 2017, but Hong Kong and neighboring China do not recognize such associations that see Taiwan as a rebel province, which can be returned by force if necessary. needed.

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