Taiwan could become first Asian Country to legalize same sex marriage
According to reports, Taiwan can today become the first Asian country to legalise same sex marriage, when court makes a landmark ruling on whether to allow same unions.
Notably, activists are optimistic that the decision will go in their favour, with the growing support for equal marriage rights on the island. On the other hand, there are people who are completely against it and are opposing a change in the law. The big debate has divided the society in two segments.
As per reports, campaigners for and against gay marriage are expected to gather in central Taipei for Judgment. A panel of 14 grand justices will make the ruling in a case that centres on whether Taiwan’s current law is unconstitutional. One of the petitioners has urged the judges to allow gay couples to register their marriage the next day if they approve a change in the law, rather than giving the government a longer time frame to implement the decision.
For bringing a change in the law, a majority of at least 10 judges are required. Notably, for the first time ever, the judiciary will release its decision simultaneously in Chinese and English. So far, Taiwan is seen as one of the most progressive countries in Asia when it comes to gay marriage. And the move gained a lot of momentum after President Tsai Ingwen came into power. He had openly supported marriage equality.
However, conservative and religious groups in Taiwan are saying that it will family values. Now, the eyes are on the decision. If Taiwan will legalise same sex marriage, it will become first country in Asia to do it. And with this historic decision, Taiwan will set an example for other societies too.
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