Most lawmakers from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and a few from the KMT voted to pass a Cabinet-sponsored bill that gives gay couples marriage rights. 748 (司法院釋字第748號解釋施行法), is to take effect on Friday, making Taiwan the first Asian nation to allow same-sex marriage. Wu said that supporting or voting against same-sex marriage are morally valid positions and lawmakers should vote according to their values. Tsai forced DPP lawmakers, who have a majority in the legislature, to vote for it, he said. No one would complain if today’s bill promoted a “same-sex couple law” or “common living law,” but instead it endows same-sex couples with the right to register as married, he said.
Source: Taipei Times May 18, 2019 16:00 UTC