translated from Spanish: Taiwan legalises same-sex marriage

The deputies of the island approved with comfort this Friday (17.05.2019) The law which allows the couples of the mism or sex form “exclusive permanent unions” and a clause that will allow them to ask government agencies for the “marriage record”.
This approval, which places Taiwan at the forefront of the growing gay rights movement in Asia, is an important victory for the Taiwanese LGBT community that fought for years to gain similar rights to couples Heterosexual.
In May 2017, the Constitutional Court of the island issued a historical opinion which deems unconstitutional the fact of depriving the same sex persons of the right to marry.
It then gave time to the government until May 24, 2019 to change the warning law that if it did nothing the gay marriage would become legal.
In recent months the conservative opposition mobilized against this legislation and presented alternative law proposals advocating limited unions between people of the same sex.
Parliament, which was speaking on three different proposals this Friday, adopted the one that promoted the government, the most progressive and the only that uses the word “marriage”.
Hundreds of gay rights defenders congregated this Friday under heavy rain in front of Parliament during the debate on this law that elicited a strong division of views in Taiwan.

Original source in Spanish

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