Taiwan's legislature passed a law on Friday allowing same-sex marriage, a first for Asia.
"Through legalisation, (we) ensure that everyone's love is equal and everyone is treated equally", added Tsai, who campaigned on a promise of marriage equality in the 2016 presidential election.
The 27-article bill, titled Enforcement Act of Judicial Yuan Interpretation No. 748, cleared the legislative floor at 3:30 p.m. Friday against the backdrop of loud cheers from tens of thousands of gay marriage supporters gathered outside the Legislative Yuan.
"Catholicism's definition of marriage is one man, one woman", said Chen Ke, a Catholic pastor in Taiwan and an opponent of same-sex marriage.
"Is same-sex marriage that important and urgent?", Liu Yan wrote on Facebook.
The landmark decision cements Taiwan's reputation as a beacon of liberalism in a region where the LGBT community faces increasing persecution, and will give a long-awaited boost to Asia's burgeoning gay rights movement.
The vote came after Taiwan's top court ruled that not allowing same-sex couples to marry violates the constitution.
Conservative and religious groups have been buoyed by a series of referendum wins in November, in which voters comprehensively rejected defining marriage as anything other than a union between a man and a woman.
Late past year, Taiwan voters opposed same-sex marriage in a series of referendums, defining marriage as being between a man and a woman in civil law, though seeking a special law for same-sex unions.Читайте также: Royal baby Archie's birth certificate PICTURED - confirms where he was born
Mainland China, ruled by the authoritarian Communist Party, remains much more conservative and officials have repeatedly discouraged even the discussion of legalizing same-sex marriage.
President Tsai Ing-wen is expected to sign the bill before a court deadline to legalize same-sex marriage. "We took a big step toward true equality, and made Taiwan a better country".
The Cabinet's Bill incorporates the word "marriage" and covers adoption rights for same-sex couples, albeit limited ones.
"For the gay communities what matters the most is whether we can legally get married on May 24 and be listed as the spouse in ID cards, to be treated and respected as the "spouse" in the whole legal system. and whether same-sex families can obtain legal parental rights for their children".
"How can we ignore the result of the referendums, which demonstrated the will of the people?"
"What a tremendous victory for LGBT rights!" said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
Taiwan is the regional leader for LGBTI rights.
Taiwan has always been something of a beacon for LGBT rights in East Asia.
Vietnam decriminalised gay marriage celebrations in 2015, but it stopped short of full legal recognition for same-sex unions.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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