On the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), Taiwan has become to first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage. The vote took place nearly two years after the country’s top court ruled that the existing law which mandated marriage only between a man and a woman unconstitutional and gave the parliament two years to either amend the existing law or make a new one.
On Friday which is one week short from the 2-year deadline, the country’s parliament legislated the landmark same-sex marriage making Taiwan the first country in Asia to have marriage equality.
One can only hope that this development will have a snowball effect and many more Asian countries will follow this development.
With almost all countries making strides against discrimination towards gender and sexual minorities, Pakistan remains one of the only countries in Asia where same-sex relations are not only taboo but are also criminalised with the extent of punishment being the death penalty. Although the death penalty is rarely enforced, the queer community remains vulnerable to blackmail, torture and abuse at the hand of the authorities.
Meanwhile, following are some of the celebratory tweets: