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Hints of Taiwan Leading the Way on Same-Sex Marriage in Asia

Will Taiwan become the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage in 2013?\nPerhaps, judging from recent developments on the island, where the legislature has held its first hearings on the issue, a move that signifies "a major step towards becoming the first Asian territory to approve marriage equality," the Shanghai-based Web site Shanghaiist reported, citing Gay Star News.\n

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20th January 2013 21:16

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

In another sign that change may be on the way for Taiwan, senior judges recently asked for advice from the country’s constitutional court, the Grand Justices, on whether to legalize same-sex marriages after two men from Taiwan, Nelson Chan and his long-term partner, Kao Chih-wei, filed an administrative lawsuit last year following the rejection by a local registration office in Taipei of their application to marry.

As The Taipei Times reported late last month, the Taipei High Administrative Court had been expected to hand down a decision on Mr. Chen and Mr. Kao’s case, "but instead said it was seeking a constitutional interpretation while holding further debates before making a judgment."

To Mr. Chen, that was a victory. "I think this is a good decision. I’m happy to see it," he told The Taipei Times. "I am confident and hopeful of the outcome of the constitutional interpretation, because the world is changing. I hope Taiwan would be the first Asian country to recognize same-sex marriages through a judicial ruling."

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