Taiwan has been battling to legalize same-sex marriage since its top court contested the law that defined marriage union as between a woman and a man as a violation of the right to equality.
Lawmakers debated over three bills to legalize same-sex marriage and the most progressive one was passed. Many advocates say that the passed bill is the only version that they would fully accept.
The two other bills which were submitted by conservative legislators refer to the partnership as “same-sex unions” and “same-sex family relationships,” instead of marriage.
Although people are elated by the bill, many are still fighting to abolish the country’s limited adoption rights.
“For me the outcome today is not 100 percent perfect, but it’s still pretty good for the gay community as it provides legal definition,” said gay pastor Elias Tseng.
Jennifer Lu, chief coordinator of rights group Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan stated that they still need to rally for co-adoption rights. Additionally, they are still unsure about marriage in between a Taiwanese and a foreigner, as well as gender equality education.
While Taiwan, Nepal, and Bangladesh is leading the way for Asian countries, there are also nations that seem to go backwards such as Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. India also recently ended a ban on gay sex.