Taiwan will become the first country in Asia to grant same-sex couples the right to marry

Taiwan’s top court ruled that the country’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, meaning that the country will become the first in Asia to recognize marriage equality.

After the ruling, Secretary-General Lu Tai-lang of Taiwan’s Judicial Yuan told reporters, “Relevant agencies should amend laws or make new ones within the next two years starting from today.”

The court had agreed to hear the case for same-sex marriage after activist Chi Chia-wei asked for the law to be reviewed, after he’d repeatedly been denied legal permission to wed his partner.

Chi called for supporters of same-sex marriage to reach across the aisle to their opponents: “We should forgive, forgive, and forgive them, and we should communicate, communicate, and communicate with them,” Chi said. “We should give our thanks to God because God clearly is on our side.”

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