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same sex marriage is now legal in Taiwan , a historic first for Asia , thousands of supporters gathered outside of parliament in Taipei Friday waving rainbow flags embracing after lawmakers voted to pass a special bill which offers same sex couples similar legal protections for marriage as heterosexuals , ages first and where to go Taiwan were chanted from the large crowd that did not let the weather rain on their parade the law will take effect after being signed by Taiwan's president to wrote on Twitter following the vote we took a big step towards true equality and made Taiwan a better country , Taiwan puts on a vibrant pride parade every year one of Asia's largest but this vote came after years long debate on the island over marriage equality , in two thousand seventeen the democratic islands Constitutional Court declared same sex couples have the right to legally marry and set a deadline of may twenty fourth for legalization the ruling sparked heated debate dividing Taiwan late last year Taiwan voters opposed to same sex marriage in a series of referendums defining marriage as that between a man and a woman but on Friday lawmakers brush that vote aside passing the new law sixty six to twenty seven and giving Taiwan the lead in Asia on same sex unions