Taiwan Says I Do

June 15, 2017

While cities across the United States prepared to celebrate Pride Month this June, the LGBT community of Taiwan started their celebrations just a bit earlier, and here’s why:

Chi Chia-wei’s lawsuit, brought in front of the Taiwanese Constitutional Court, is about love—specifically about the rights of two men to marry each other. The main question before the court was: should the government have control over whom someone can marry?

It’s been a long debated question and one where many countries have had a tough time answering. But on May 24th, Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled that Taiwanese laws that prevented same-sex couples from marrying was in fact unlawful. These laws violated the Taiwanese Constitution where equal protection is guaranteed to all citizens. In other words, people should have the freedom to marry whomever they choose.

Twelve of the fourteen judges presiding over this case ruled to allow same-sex couples to marry.

What happens next? The court has given lawmakers two years to change the current marriage laws. This was a landmark decision and one that made the small island country of Taiwan, the first Asian country to allow same-sex marriages.

It looks like love does conquer all—or at least Taiwan for now.