Taiwan is poised to become the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage.
An estimated 250,000 people surrounded Taiwan’s Presidential Office in capital city Taipei on Saturday (December 10) in support of equal marriage, Asia Times reports.
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Taiwan is poised to become the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage. While the country’s President has been a vocal supporter of equal marriage, the nations push to legalize same-sex unions was galvanised by the death of a gay professor in October, who committed suicide after being excluded from making key healthcare decisions at the end of his partner’s life.
In a statement released on Saturday, President Tsai Ing-wen said, “Same-sex couples also have the right to marriage,” and called for “more discussion but less confrontation” on the issue.
She added: “all voices should be heard and given the chance to seek support in the Legislature.”
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Saturday’s rally took the form of a concert, and saw public figures, legislators, activists and LGBT+ people and their allies, coincided with international Human Rights Day.
— Magnolia La Manga (@empressoftaiwan) December 8, 2016
According to reports, the protests came a week after 70,000 people took to the streets of Taipei to oppose marriage equality.
Taiwan’s same-sex marriage bill passed its first reading in parliament in November, but after vocal backlash, a second reading was postponed. A committee will now review the bill on December 26, at which point it will have to pass second and third readings to become law.