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Taiwan legalizes same-sex marriage in historic first for Asia
What is one thing common among Canada, Brazil, France, Sweden, South Africa, New Zealand, and Taiwan? In all these countries, same-sex marriage is recognized and legalized.
In Taiwan, a bill to legalize same-sex marriage became effective yesterday, two years after the Constitutional Court ruled that the law that limited the marriage only between a man and a woman was unconstitutional. Taiwan is the first to legalize same-sex marriage in Asia. In mainland China, where the same traditions and values exist, homosexuality is not illegal, but such practice could get discriminated. In Brunei, gay sex carries a death penalty by stoning, though the penalty may not be executed because of the criticism from the world.
Even in Taiwan, about two-thirds of the voters at last year’s national referendum were against same-sex marriage. For the LGBT community in Taiwan, it is just a new start to be free from social discrimination
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