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Taiwan gay marriage: Parliament legalises same-sex marriage (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)

Taiwan’s parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage.

How did we get here?
In 2017, the Taiwan’s constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry. Parliament was given a two-year deadline by the court.

How does this compare to other countries in the region?
Vietnam decriminalised gay marriage celebrations in 2015, but stopped short of granting full legal recognition for same-sex unions.

While same-sex marriage is still illegal in China, homosexuality was decriminalised in the country in 1997, and officially removed from its list of mental illnesses three years later.

In a historic decision, India’s Supreme Court ruled that gay sex was no longer a criminal offence in September 2018.

However the approach differs in other Asian countries.
In April, Brunei announced strict new Islamic laws that made anal sex and adultery offences punishable by stoning to death, but it says it will not enforce the death penalty for gay sex.

(Source:https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48305708)



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