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Taiwan Could Become The First Asian Country To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

By Mark Pygas

LGBTQ-rights activists in Asia and around the world are celebrating after Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the country's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The decision, handed down on Wednesday, is expected to pave the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage. It's a huge move for the conservative Asian peninsula. 

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Source: GETTY

The ruling reads as followed:

"The provisions of Chapter 2 on Marriage of Part IV on Family of the Civil Code do not allow two persons of the same sex to create a permanent union of intimate and exclusive nature for the committed purpose of managing a life together." 
"The said provisions, to the extent of such failure, are in violation of both the people’s freedom of marriage as protected by Article 22 and the people’s right to equality as guaranteed by Article 7 of the Constitution."