In 2017, Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry. Lawmakers were given a two-year deadline to amend or enact new laws based on the ruling. On May 17, 2019, only a week off the two-year deadline, lawmakers in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed a bill making same-sex marriage a reality. It will take effect after Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-Wen passes it into law.
The vote passed on May 17 made Taiwan the first country in Asia to pass gay marriage legalization. “Though it’s still not full marriage rights; we still need to fight for co-adoption rights, cross-national marriage and gender equality education enjoyed by heterosexual couples, it’s an important moment for me and for Taiwan. We are going to keep fighting,” said Jennifer Lu, chief co-ordinator of rights group Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan.