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Taiwan’s government has made history by becoming the first country to legalize same-sex marriage in East Asia.
The vote on Friday met the two-year deadline to pass the rulings imposed by Taiwan’s constitutional court that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry back in 2017.
Scott Chen, the president of gay dating app Grindr, has backtracked on his recent comments on the issue of gay marriage after generating backlash from within the app’s own community.
Chen had earlier wrote in a lengthy Facebook post that he believes “marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman.” It was posted just days after voters in Taiwan rejected same-sex marriage in a referendum.
The dream of Taiwan becoming the first Asian country ever to embrace same-sex marriage as part of its constitution has taken a step back as Taiwanese voters rejected the legalization in a series of referendums over the weekend.
The electorate had decided 10 referendum proposals as part of the local election on Saturday, which includes five divisive ones regarding LGBT rights.
Hollywood actor, writer, and director Bradley Darryl “BD” Wong, just officially tied the knot with his partner, Richert John Frederickson Schnorr, in a romantic ceremony held at the Giando on the Water in Brooklyn, New York.
The joyous moment was shared on Instagram by Schnorr, who is the director of digital media for the New York Public Library, on Sunday when he posted a black-and-white picture of the newlywed couple kissing.
Just in time for Pride Month, the city of Sapporo has become the first major city in Japan to officially recognize same-sex relationships on Thursday.
Sapporo has also become the first municipality in Japan to certify partnerships between heterosexual couples with gender-identity disorder.
Taiwan is set to become the first Asian country to legalize gay marriage after a panel of 14 grand justices ruled on Wednesday that laws prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying as unconstitutional.
The country’s top court gave the government two years to implement the changes, according to the decision which was released online.
LGBT rights still have a ways to go in many Asian countries, but that did not stop the CEO of HSBC Bank, John Li, from walking one of his employees down the aisle in Taiwan.
Jennifer, the Taiwanese HSBC employee, and her girlfriend of 11 years, Sam, decided to tie the knot, but her homophobic parents disapproved of their relationship and refused to go to their own daughter’s wedding.
Thousands of protesters are still rallying on the streets of Taipei in their bid to push for the legalization of same-sex marriage.
According to a report from Shanghaiist, thousands of people from Taiwan gathered on the streets for a final push to legalize same-sex marriage. Organizers estimated around 200,000 to 250,000 people attended the rally in front of the presidential palace on Ketagalan Boulevard in Taipei.
After the Supreme Court ruled last month that all states are required to recognize same-sex marriage, one might believe a majority of Americans would also support the idea that businesses shouldn’t be able to refuse service to customers based on their sexual orientation.
But according to an Associated Press-GfK poll, Americans are still heavily divided on that issue, and gay marriage in general. Current support for gay marriage is lower than it was earlier this year. The percentage of those in support of same-sex marriage is very close to those who denounce it, with 42% in favor of same-sex marriage compared to 40% who oppose it.