Support Same-Sex Marriage Throughout Asia

Target: Constitutional Court of Taiwan

Goal: Commend the Taiwanese judicial system for ruling in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage and encourage other Asian nations to follow suit.

Same-sex couples in Taiwan will likely soon be able to marry following a decision coming from the nation’s highest court. The court has declared that a section of the country’s civil code which defines marriage as being between “the male and female parties” is unconstitutional.  The legislative body of Taiwan will now have to draft laws in accordance with the court’s ruling within two years, at which point Taiwan will become the first nation in Asia to allow same-sex marriage.

This decision stems from a large outpouring of support from Taiwanese activists who have fought for decades for equal rights for LGBTQ couples. For example, Chi Chia-Wei, one of the movement’s most prominent figures, first submitted his petition demanding the right for same-sex marriage in 1986, while Taiwan was still under martial law. Chi was imprisoned for five months as a result, yet has remained at the forefront of the movement ever since.

Taiwan now joins 21 other nations which have legalized same sex-marriage. However, opposition to same-sex marriage remains strong in the region, making this court’s ruling in particular a major milestone. In a number of Asian nations, including Singapore and Malaysia, homosexuality is still prosecuted as a crime.

This ruling from Taiwan’s Constitutional Court is a hopeful sign that the tide may shift in years to come in Asia and allow for greater equality for all couples regardless of sexual orientation. Sign this petition to thank the justices involved in this landmark decision and show support for legalizing same-sex marriage in other Asian countries.


Dear Constitutional Court of Taiwan,

Your recent ruling which has declared Taiwan’s Civil Code definition of marriage as being between a man and woman as being unconstitutional is an important first step in ensuring equal rights for the LGBTQ community of Taiwan. In doing so, you have allowed Taiwan to join the ranks of over 20 other nations who have affirmed same-sex marriage as a basic human right.

Thank you for listening to the voices of thousands of activists who have fought so passionately for so long to see this day come, and thank you for paving the way for allowing equal rights for all Taiwanese couples. I hope that this milestone will encourage other countries in Asia to follow your model example.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Guy of Taipei

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