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Taiwan legalises gay marriage

The Taiwanese parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage following a vote on Friday.

The island’s Constitutional Court had ruled in 2017 that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry.

Parliament was given a two-year deadline and was required to pass the changes by May 24.

Lawmakers debated three different bills to legalise same-sex unions – the government’s bill – the most progressive of the three was approved.

Hundreds of gay rights supporters gathered in the rain outside the parliament building in the capital, Taipei, to await the landmark ruling.

There were shouts of joy and some tearful embraces as the result was announced.

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