Taiwan Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage in Historic First for Asia

Taiwan Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage in Historic First for Asia

Lawmakers in Taiwan have approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, a landmark decision that makes the self-ruled island the first place in Asia to pass gay marriage legislation.

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  1. 年满18岁的同性配偶可以登记结婚,婚姻当事人可收养另一方的「亲生子女」,凖用民法「继亲收养」规定。
  2. 同性配偶拥有合法财产继承权、医疗权,但同时也必须遵守单一配偶相关权利义务。
  3. 同性伴侣一样要受到婚姻规范包含通奸罪、重婚罪。


  1. 无法领养非亲生子女。
  2. 目前只能与同婚通过的国家公民结婚,大陆港澳伴侣也尚未纳入专法。



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  1. 年滿18歲的同性配偶可以登記結婚,婚姻當事人可收養另一方的「親生子女」,凖用民法「繼親收養」規定。
  2. 同性配偶擁有合法財產繼承權、醫療權,但同時也必須遵守單一配偶相關權利義務。
  3. 同性伴侶一樣要受到婚姻規範包含通姦罪、重婚罪。


  1. 無法領養非親生子女。
  2. 目前只能與同婚通過的國家公民結婚,大陸港澳伴侶也尚未納入專法。




English translation:

The Taiwanese Same-Sex Marriage Bill, which has been in dispute for a long time, passed the second reading in the Legislative Yuan today (May 17). Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party strongly supported the draft in the Legislative Yuan, while the opposition Kuomintang had a majority vote against it.

According to Taiwan law, the third reading must be carried out at 6:00 pm on the same day as the second reading. If there are no major irregularities such as unconstitutionality, the bill passed on the second reading will finally be approved.

The implementation of this law means that starting from May 24, Taiwanese same-sex couples who are 18 years of age or older can register to marry in accordance with the law. However, the issues of child adoption and multinational gay marriages, including whether gay people from Mainland, Hong Kong, would be able to get married in Taiwan, has not been fully adopted in this special law.


  1. Same-sex couples who are at least 18 years of age can register for marriage, and the parties to the marriage can adopt the biological child of the other party, using the “step-family adoption” rule of the civil law.
  2. Same-sex couples have legal inheritance rights and medical rights, but must also abide by the rights and obligations of a single spouse.
  3. Same-sex couples are also subject to marriage regulations including adultery and bigamy.


  1. Unable to adopt non-biological children.
  2. At present, (Taiwan) will only allow marriage with citizens of countries that have implemented marriage equality. Partners from Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao also have not yet been included in the law.

According to outside analysis, the Tsai Ing-wen government has a high-profile request to promote the adoption of the same-sex marriage law, gambling her own political life as well as the party. Some commentators also believe that Tsai Ing-wen’s clean-up of the battlefield will quickly resolve her own and the party’s long-standing same-sex marriage bill, which will help her run for president in the next election.

The gay community called this a historic moment, in addition to being grateful to the Tsai’s government, they also thanked every supporter who has participated in the gay movement for the last 30 years. However, there are still obvious differences of opinion between those who support and those who oppose marriage equality.


The article is taken and revised from here to suit the level of readers. photo is taken from here.  

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