- Title: Celebrations as Taiwan court rules in favor of same-sex marriage
- Date: 24th May 2017
- Summary: TAIPEI, TAIWAN (MAY 24, 2017) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** SUPPORTERS CHEERING AS PRO SAME-SEX LEGISLATORS BOW ON STAGE TAIWANESE LEGISLATOR AND MEMBER OF DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY YU MEI-NU TALKING / TWO PEOPLE HOLDING UMBRELLAS COUPLE KISSING COUPLE KISSING RAINBOW FLAG ON ARM SAME-SEX MARRIAGE SUPPORTERS HOLDING UMBRELLAS CAMERAMAN FILMING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) SAME-SEX MARRIAGE SUPPORTER, WANG HUAI-YI, SAYING: "I think, it doesn't matter if it comes to it (marriage) or not, I am very happy that there is this possibility. At least all homosexuals now have this right, just like everyone else, and I also hope that I can marry her." GAY RIGHTS ACTIVIST CHI CHIA-WEI WAVING RAINBOW FLAG ON STAGE RAINBOW FLAG BEING WAVED CHI CHIA-WEI ON STAGE WITH HIS LAWYER SUPPORTERS WAVING FLAGS (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) SAME-SEX MARRIAGE SUPPORTER, MA SHIH-CHANG, SAYING: "I think everyone has the freedom to decide who to love, no matter what gender they love and who to marry. This possibility should exist anyway, so today it can be said that they granted us the rights we deserve, although there are still some steps to take, I think this is only the beginning." VARIOUS OF SUPPORTERS HOLDING UP SMARTPHONE FLASHLIGHTS SUPPORTERS CELEBRATING ON STAGE
- Embargoed: 7th June 2017 14:26
- Keywords: celebration same-sex marriage Taiwan court ruling
- Location: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
- City: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
- Country: Taiwan
- Topics: Fundamental Rights/Civil Liberties,Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016I784LH
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Taiwan's constitutional court declared on Wednesday (May 24) that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry, the first such ruling in Asia, sparking celebration by activists who have been campaigning for the right for years.
The court, known as the Judicial Yuan, said current marriage laws were "in violation of both the people's freedom of marriage ... and the people's right to equality", and it gave two years for legal amendments to allow same-sex marriage.
Hundreds of supporters of same-sex marriage gathered in the street next to the island's parliament to celebrate the decision, holding colourful umbrellas to ward off a drizzle.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists had harbored high hopes their years of campaigning for same-sex marriage would win the court's backing.
The ruling Democratic Progressive Party that swept national elections in the self-ruled island last year supported the change.
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