In a landmark ruling on Wednesday, Taiwan’s constitutional court positioned the country to become the first in Asia to recognize same-sex marriages.
Previously, Taiwan’s civil code had stipulated that marriage must be between a man and a woman.
But in a majority opinion, the court ruled that the ban on same-sex unions ran afoul of two articles of the country’s constitution that upholding human dignity and equality in the eyes of the law, according to the Associated Press. Read more (5/24/17)
On May 24, 2017, Taiwan’s constitutional court has ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, striking down the Civil Code’s definition as being only between a man and a woman as unconstitutional. It is the first Asian country to do so.
In the next two years, the Legislative Yuan will have to either amend the Civil Code or to enact laws addressing same-sex couples. If the legislative fails to pass an amendment or legislation in the next two years, same-sex couples “shall be allowed to have their marriage registration effectuated at the authorities in charge of household registration.”
The fight isn’t over yet, but this is a victory for everyone to celebrate.
I am so proud to be Taiwanese. Congratulations, Taiwan!
Taiwan becomes the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.
Taiwan’s constitutional court rules that same-sex marriage should be legalized within two years.
The rulings of the Court are as follows:
(1) 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.
(2) The authorities concerned shall amend or enact relevant laws, in accordance
with the ruling of this Interpretation, within two years from the issuance of this
Interpretation. It is within the discretion of the authorities concerned to determine
the formality for achieving the equal protection of the freedom of marriage.
(3) If relevant laws are not amended or enacted within the said two years, two
persons of the same sex who intend to create the said permanent union shall be
allowed to have their marriage registration effectuated at the authorities in charge of
household registration, by submitting a written document signed by two or more
witnesses in accordance with the said Marriage Chapter.
Since the world is suffering from many horrific deaths recently, here are some good news to lighten up your moods.
Taiwan has officially today legalised gay marriage. Some of you would say that it is just another country where it became legal, but no the impact of this decision is really grand. Do you know that until now, gay marriage has been illegal in the whole continent of Asia. Many Asian countries are lagging behind in terms of LGBT rights. Taiwan is leading the Asian countries toward a more liberal approach for our community. Soon enough, the Japanese, the Korean, the Filipino, the Chinese, the Arab gay community will realise that they are able to achieve what they want. The future of LGBT liberty in Asia has officially started.