More than 360 same-sex couples were married in Taiwan on May 24, 2019. The first legal same-sex weddings were reported by Reuters.
On the day President Tsai Ing-wen signed the new law, the local marriage registration office in downtown Taipei was lined up with 20 couples. The institution was decorated for the occasion with rainbow flags and prepared special registration forms for gays and lesbians.
On May 17, it became known that the Parliament of the Republic of China voted to legalize same-sex marriage. This is the first time such a decision has been taken by the government of an Asian country.
In November 2018, the country held a referendum in which a majority of residents voted that marriage can only be considered the union of a man and a woman. Parliament, however, did not heed these results.
On February 15, 2019, it became known that 13 gay couples in Japan filed lawsuits to overturn the country’s ban on same-sex marriage.