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Taiwan's same-sex marriage law should encourage rights reform across Asia

Welcome progress in states defending sexual minorities even when public opinion is hostile

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To legalize same-sex marriage in Taipei is a lesson for other countries.   © Reuters

Taiwanese gay rights activists have celebrated the island's historic move to legalize same-sex marriage with a mass wedding banquet for twenty couples and more than 1,000 guests, with hundreds more well-wishers picnicking outside the venue to show their support.

Saturday's feast came after the Taiwanese parliament enacted a bill to recognize the rights of same-sex couples, making Taiwan the first jurisdiction in Asia to do so and the twenty-sixth in the world. #LoveWon has trended on Twitter, not least because President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted it as the votes came in to approve the bill her cabinet had drafted.

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