Taiwan’s first court ruled in favour of gay marriage Wednesday, a historic decision that opens the way for the island to become the first in Asia to legalise homosexual unions.
Supporters crowds cheered, were hugs and cried as he told the court that current laws that prevent practice “violated” the guarantees of the Constitution on freedom of marriage and equality.
The government was given two years to implement the decision.
Momentum grew up behind the pressure of equal marriage rights, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, openly supporting the campaign.
But there was also anger among conservative groups, which carried out mass demonstrations against any change in the law.
The Constitutional Court said that if Parliament does not alter the two-year period, gay couples can register to marry independently, depending on their interpretation.
“The current provisions of the chapter on marriage do not allow two persons of the same sex to create a permanent union of the intimate nature and exclusive purpose gate CSE books of managing a life together.This is obviously a brutal legislative failure,” he said. a declaration.
The decision to allow gay marriage would contribute to social stability and protection of “human dignity,” he added.
Hundreds of supporters of gay marriage who gathered in front of the Parliament in central Taipei broke the news with tears.
Addressing the crowd activists said they now have to fight to ensure the government implements the decision.
“I hope the law will pass by the end of the year,” said Chen Bubu, who has had an unofficial wedding ceremony with his partner in 2013.
Some activists fear that opposition voices in Parliament trying to delay the process of amending the law.