Taiwanese Supreme Court Case Could Lead To Marriage Equality


Taiwan is set to become the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage

Judges at Taiwan’s highest court are hearing a case that could make the country the first place in Asia to legalise marriage equality.

Taiwan’s parliament has been debating laws that could allow the reform within months, as thousands of people rally in the country’s streets for and against.

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But a landmark court case has been brought by an LGBTI activist and authorities from capital city Taipei, arguing whether a line in Taiwan’s civil code restricting marriage to a man and a woman violates the country’s consitution, the BBC reported.

Veteran local activist Chi Chia-wei attempted to register a marriage with his same-sex partner in 2013 but was rejected.

After an 18 month legal battle experts and government officials took part in the one day hearing in the Supreme Court.

If the panel of 14 judges rule that Taiwan’s current marriage laws are unconstitutional, then the parliament would be forced to to amend the laws to offer same-sex couples legal protection.

The Taipei Times reported a ruling is expected in two months’ time.

(Photo via JeanHavoc/Wikimedia Commons)

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