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Monday, 29 April 2019 23:14

Taiwan and Taipei are ready for the legalization of marriage equality on May 24

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While Taiwan will become the first Asian country to legalize marriage equality on May 24th, the capital Taipei has already opened bookings in anticipation of the opening of marriage to same-sex couples as announced the city’s Department of Civil Affairs.

According to Taiwan News, the city staff is ready to update the identification cards and household certificates to mention the married status for LGBT couples.

Taiwan’s Department of Home Affairs of the Ministry of the Interior is also ready to put in place all that is needed with a view to the legalization of marriage equality.

Taiwan sends a message of hope. It will officially become the first Asian country to legalize equal marriage after a decision of the Constitutional Court in May 2017.

A referendum on the issue had been held in November 2018 and voters had said no to marriage for LGBTQ couples, because they wished for a specific marriage equality law, not a modification of the civil code.

After a legal battle, it was finally the decision of the Constitutional Court of Taiwan that was privileged.

The Court said the prohibition for same-sex couples to marry is unconstitutional and invited legislators to introduce a marriage equality bill within two years.

The Court had announced that marriage for LGBT couples would be automatically legalized even in the absence of legislation.

The story thus ends well since Taiwan will become the first Asian country to legalize equal marriage on May 24, 2019. Since April 23, gay, lesbian and queer couples can book their marriage in Taipei.


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