Taiwan’s parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage, making it the first place in Asia to do so.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen must still sign the legislation, which she’s expected to do. Tsai had campaigned on marriage equality, and the bill was largely supported by her Democratic Progressive Party in parliament.
Advocates and supporters of same-sex marriage awaited the results of the vote outside parliament, and celebrated and cheered when it was announced that it had approved the legislation.
Yet it was still a victory, even if an imperfect one, especially for a region that has been slow to adopt LGBTQ protections. Taiwan has been one of the more progressive places in Asia in regards to gay rights, and has long hosted the biggest gay pride parade in the region.