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Taiwan allows gay couples to tie the knot

High court ruling is the first of its kind in Asia

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Supporters hug each other after Taiwan ruled that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry.   © Reuters

TAIPEI Taiwan is poised to become the first place in Asia to grant same-sex couples the right to marry after the island's top court ruled on May 24 that the current ban on homosexual union is unconstitutional.

After the ruling, Secretary-General Lu Tai-lang of Taiwan's Judicial Yuan told reporters, "Relevant agencies should amend laws or make new ones within the next two years starting from today."

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