Landmark ruling will mean country is first in Asia to allow gay couples to marry and cements reputation as beacon of liberalism

Taiwan’s constitutional court has ruled that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry, the first such ruling in Asia.

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.

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