A year on, she and her Chinese partner still have no right to legally wed, like hundreds of such couples who face restrictions over international same-sex unions. As Taiwan marked a year since passing its historic law in a region where gay rights progress is slow, LGBT rights groups called for a full recognition of same-sex marriage to protect couples and families. Same-sex marriage became legal in Taiwan on May 24 last year, a week after its parliament passed a bill offering similar protections of marriage to heterosexuals. But gay people could only marry foreigners from a country where same-sex marriage is also legal, and adopt children biologically related to at least one of them. Taiwan on Sunday celebrated the one-year anniversary of becoming the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriages. LGBT rights groups are now calling for the full recognition of international unions.
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However, same-sex couples are currently unable to jointly adopt a child, but may adopt stepchildren. The Executive Yuan first proposed the legal recognition of same-sex marriage in ; however, the bill received strong opposition at that time and was not voted on. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation , gender identity and gender characteristics in education has been banned nationwide since On 24 May , the Judicial Yuan ruled that the marriage law was unconstitutional and that same-sex couples should have the right to marry. The court gave the Legislative Yuan a maximum of two years to amend or enact laws so that same-sex marriage is legally recognised. According to the court ruling, if the Parliament failed to do so by 24 May , same-sex marriage would automatically become legal.
These are external links and will open in a new window. Tens of thousands of people have marched in the streets of Taiwan's capital, Taipei, in the Pride parade, the first since the island legalised same-sex marriage in May. More than 2, same-sex couples have married since then, and many of them took part in Saturday's festival, one of the largest Pride events in the region.
Same-sex marriage supporters shout during a parliament vote on three draft bills of a same-sex marriage law, outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, on Friday. Gay rights supporters wait in the rain outside the parliament building in Taipei before the landmark decision was announced on Friday. A same-sex marriage supporter holds a rose to mourn those who have killed themselves because of discrimination. Same-sex marriage supporters gather outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, Taiwan.