The Taiwanese Legislature on Friday voted in favor of allowing same-sex couples the same right to marry. That makes Taiwan the first nation in Asia to approve marriage equality as the law of the land.
"We took a big step towards true equality, and made Taiwan a better country," tweeted Taiwanese president Tai Ing-Wen
Pro-LGBTQ demonstrators waved Rainbow flags and iconography in the streets outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, according to The New York Times.
"Love has won over hate, and equality has won over discrimination," said Annie Huang, Amnesty International Taiwan acting director, in a statement.
"This is a moment to cherish and celebrate, but it has been a long and arduous campaign for Taiwan to become the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage."
The equality win comes just seven years after the first known religious ceremony for a same-sex couple in a Taiwanese Buddhist temple and only six years after the first march against LGBTQ discrimination in Taiwan.