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Taiwan Set To Be The First Asian Country To Legalize Same-Sex Marriages

President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's first female head of state, has expressed support for the legislation.
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Taiwan is poised to become the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.

"Taiwanese lawmakers are currently working on three bills in support of marriage equality, one of which is already listed for review and could be passed within months," reports the Associated Press.

Moreover, President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's first female head of state, has expressed support for the legislation.

Tseng Yen-jung, spokesperson for the group Taiwan LGBT Family Rights Advocacy, claimed that local university studies indicate that "about 80 percent of Taiwanese between ages 20 and 29 support same-sex marriage."

This development, as the report states, "is seen as a reflection of Taiwan's ready acceptance of multi-party democracy and other inclusive attitudes, as well as the fact that Taiwan's 23 million people largely follow Buddhism and traditional Chinese religions that take no strong positions on sexual orientation or gay marriage."

If the legislation for same-sex marriage pushes through, Taiwan would join "Canada, Colombia, Ireland, the United States and 16 other countries that have legalized same-sex marriage over the past 15 years."