Taiwan is well on its way to becoming the first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage, as one of three bills on marriage equality is already being listed for review by the nation’s parliament.
President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s first female head of state, threw her support behind same-sex marriage before her election earlier this year.
“When it comes to love, everyone is equal,” Tsai said in a campaign video released for Taipei Pride in October 2015.
“I am Tsai Ing-wen, and I support marriage equality. Every person should be able to look for love freely, and freely seek their own happiness,” she said.
Fellow members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party have said they hope other countries in the region follow their lead.
“It’s a big step forward for the history of human rights,” said Yu Mei-nu, lawmaker sponsoring the primary marriage equality bill.
“If Taiwan can get this passed … it will give other Asian countries a model,” she said.
Taiwan will likely become the twenty-first country to legalise same-sex marriage, with Finland set to become the twenty-second when new laws take effect on March 1 next year.