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Taiwan's march to LGBT rights stumbles

The island republic may not be the first in Asia to grant marriage equality

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A couple holds hands during Taipei's annual pride parade on Oct. 29. (Central News Agency/Kyodo)   © Kyodo

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's momentum toward becoming the first republic in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage has run up against religion.

President Tsai Ing-wen, who came into office in May, supports legalizing marriage rights for all. Last month, in the lead-up to Taiwan's annual pride parade, expectations rose that the Legislative Yuan would pass a bill to that effect by the end of this year. On Nov. 17, the legislature began fully debating a revision to the civil code.

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