Taiwan Decides That Love Is Love

May 26, 2019

How would you feel if you couldn’t marry the person you love? Most countries around the world recognize marriage as an act between a man and a woman, but what if you’re a man who loves and wants to marry another man, or a woman who loves and wants to marry another woman? The fight for marriage equality and LGBTQ rights has been and continues to be a long and hard-fought one, but earlier this month, the LGBTQ community celebrated a small but significant victory. The country of Taiwan declared that love is love and that same-sex marriage is legal. How did this historic win happen in the first place?

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In 2015, Chi Chia-wei, a gay rights activist, filed a request that the Constitutional Court of Taiwan review a law that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. In 2017, the court ruled that the law was unconstitutional and gave parliament two years to amend it. The law was amended earlier this month and presented to parliament for a vote. The law was passed, and same-sex marriage will be legal in Taiwan beginning May 24th. What did Tsai Ing-wen, the president of Taiwan, have to say when the law was passed? She said, “We took a big step towards true equality and made Taiwan a better country.”

Interesting Fact: There are 195 countries in the world, and only twenty-nine have legalized same-sex marriage.