Same-Sex Marriage Arrives in Taiwan on Friday

by Milagros Chirinos

Taiwan is the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriage.

On Friday, May 24, same-sex marriage officially arrives in Taiwan, following last week’s historic vote in the Legislative Yuan. This makes Taiwan the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriage.

“We congratulate the Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan and all the advocates who worked tirelessly to bring same-sex marriage to Taiwan,” said Jean Freedberg, HRC Director of Global Partnerships. "At a time when LGBTQ people’s lives are threatened around the globe just because of who they are or who they love, this victory is a major milestone for LGBTQ equality in Asia and sends a strong message to other countries in the region, and around the world.”

The legislation followed the May 24, 2018 first-of-its-kind ruling by the Constitutional Court of Taiwan, which stated that the prohibition of same-sex marriage was unconstitutional under the Civil Code. The decision mandated that the National Yuan amend Taiwan’s marriage law to allow marriage equality or to enact new legislation by May 24 of this year.

Last November, ahead of two public referendums, HRC joined 29 Taiwanese and multinational companies and six non-governmental organizations operating in Taiwan and globally to publicly support LGBTQ equality. HRC Global visited Taiwan in 2015 to celebrate the largest-ever LGBTQ Pride event in Taipei where  then-Presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen announced her support of marriage equality.

Learn more about HRC’s Global work here.