Three different bills on legalizing same-sex unions were the subject of debates among Taiwanese lawmakers. The government’s bill, which is considered to be the most progressive of the three, was passed.
When the landmark ruling was announced, thousands of gay rights supporters outside the parliament building erupted in celebration.
“I’m very surprised – but also very happy. It’s a very important moment in my life,” Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan chief coordinator Jennifer Lu was quoted as saying.
“However, it’s still not full marriage rights; we still need to fight for co-adoption rights, and we are not sure about a foreigner and Taiwanese marriage, and also gender equality education. It’s a very important moment, but we are going to keep on fighting. We are Taiwanese and we want this important value for our country, for our future,” she added.
The bill is set to take effect after Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen passes it into law.