Taiwan becomes first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage
Taiwan's parliament has finally become the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, following a historic vote on Friday.
Back in 2017, the island's constitutional court had ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry - and the government had two years to pass the changes (with the deadline on 24 May).
Three bills were discussed by lawmakers, and the government's - which was the most progressive - was passed by 66 to 27 votes.
The bill refers to partnerships as "marriages" while others sought to classify them as "same-sex family relationships" or "same-sex unions". On top of that, the government's bill was the only one to offer limited adoption rights.
"The [government]'s bill is already our bottom line, we won't accept any more compromise," Jennifer Lu, the chief coordinator of rights group Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan told Reuters before the historic vote.
"If one of the two other bills is passed, we will launch another constitutional court challenge."
People took to the streets in celebration, with hundreds of gay rights supporters gathered in the rain outside the parliament building in the capital, Taipei.
Others took to social media to declare their joy.
However, not everyone was happy with the result.
"The [government's] bill ignores the referendum results and that is unacceptable," conservative lawmaker Lai Shyh bao had said.