Same-sex marriage supporters gather outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, Taiwan. The signs read, ''Vote Can't Be Defeated. Today, we can show the world that LoveWins. Taiwan's current President Tsai Ing-wen and her ruling party members may find themselves punished at the ballot box next January for supporting the law changes. The Taipei city government filed a similar request the same year after three same-sex couples lodged an administrative lawsuit against the government when their marriage registrations were rejected, CNA reported. This story has been updated to reflect Taiwan's status.
In recent months conservatives had mobilised to rid the law of any reference to marriage, instead putting forward rival bills that offered something closer to limited same-sex unions.
While office workers took in the spectacle, one couple after another exercised their new legal right to register their unions. Gay rights supporters wait in the rain outside the parliament building in Taipei before the landmark decision was announced on Friday. He and his partner are not planning to marry at the moment, he said, explaining that they will only marry once full marriage equality is enshrined in Taiwanese law. There was even hope before the same-sex marriage law was passed in Taiwan that such a move could spark a wave of support for LGBTQ rights across the region -- including in China.
On Friday, as the first same-sex weddings take place in Taiwan, that group -- some of whom are just kilometers away in mainland China -- will be watching with mixed feelings.