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Taiwan makes history with legalization of same-sex marriage

First such move in Asia comes as ruling party faces uphill battle in presidential election

Same-sex marriage supporters celebrate in Taipei after Taiwan on Friday became the first place in Asia to legalize such marriages.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Taiwan lawmakers approved a landmark bill on Friday guaranteeing the right of same-sex couples to marry, making the island the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriages.

Supporters of the bill, mainly young people, gathered around the building of the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's parliament, in Taipei beginning early Friday morning. Taiwanese media reported that more than 10,000 people gathered to lend their support for the legislation, saying that Taiwan had "made history" and that it was a "proud" day for its people.

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