Taiwan passed a law to make same-sex marriage legal in the country last week, becoming the first Asian country to do so.
There’s no doubting that the world has come a long way over the course of the last couple of hundred years. In some good ways and some bad. While discrimination of so many kinds still exists, the progression we as a species have made is pretty heartwarming. Whether it be discrimination regarding gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
That last one feels as if it has taken a lot longer to make progress with. However, even parts of the world some would think aren’t as tolerant of the LGBT community have started to move forward. Asia, for instance. Last week, Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage, reports Metro.
The journey by the nation’s LGBT inhabitants and its government was not an easy one. Right up until the time at which the bill was passed, conservatives attempted to change the wording of it so that the term marriage was nowhere to be seen. The alternative bills suggested watering down the original, and legal partnerships between men and women of the same gender would have been called unions rather than marriages.
The law allows same-sex couple to form ‘exclusive permanent unions.’ That clause is then followed by a second which dictates that those couples can apply for marriage registration with government agencies. It is a step forward for the LGBT community in Asia and around the world that should not be ignored, and one that will hopefully begin a domino effect when it comes to other countries in that part of the world.
Despite rain pouring down in Taipei as Taiwanese parliament debated the legislation, hundreds of gay rights supporters gathered outside in order to be there when the bill was officially passed as law. No matter what the weather, it was clearly a moment worth being there for for so many people and a life-changing one for many of them. Well done Taiwan. Other Asian nations, take note.