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Will Taiwan be the 1st Asian nation to legalize marriage equality? It seems that the US Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality in America is having ripple effects throughout the world. Even though the US was disappointingly behind 17 other countries in legalizing marriage equality, it nevertheless continues to be a trend-setter and the role model for other countries to follow.

Leader of Taiwan’s judiciary, Lo Ying-hsueh, said that the government will put marriage equality bills online so that the public could read different versions and vote on them, giving the legislature a reference in which to write the law.

It may come as no surprise to many that Taiwan could be the first Asian nation to legalize marriage equality since it is a bright example of democracy in Asia, as opposed to China which is nowhere near legalizing marriage equality and which still thinks of Taiwan as a renegade province.

Many LGBT activists praise the Taiwanese government’s recent announcement on marriage equality, while others wonder why the government is planning on writing a whole new law instead of amending current marriage laws. Others question the timing of the announcement as a way for the ruling party to garner votes in the upcoming elections.

To read more:

Taiwan to prepare same-sex marriage law” – pinknews.co.uk

TAIWAN: Government Prepares To Intro Same-Sex Marriage Legislation” – joemygod.blogspot

LGBT Rights in Taiwan (ROC) – wikipedia

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