Same-sex marriage in Taiwan is a topic has been discussed since the early 2000s.
Some cities in Taiwan allow same-sex couples to register as partners, but the problem is they don’t have as many as rights compare to married couples. Bills to legalize same-sex marriage are currently pending the the “Legislative Yuan”, which is the unicameral legislature of Taiwan. If the bills pass, Taiwan would be the first country in Asia to allow same-sex marriage.
By the end of 2016, same-sex marriage passes the first hurdle in the Legislature.
According to the “Japan Time”, “Taiwan is one of the most LGBT friendly societies in Asia, with an active gay community and possibly the largest annual gay pride parade in the region.”
I personally have a lot of gay friends, and I have seen them having hard time in my hometown, one of them just moved from Taipei ( our capital ) to New York City and he said he finally feels like he could just be himself.
Same-sex marriage has been discussed but never really got far, until in 2016, a French-born resident of Taiwan, Jacques Picoux committed suicide in October because he became depressed after his 35 years Taiwanese partner died and Picoux was forbidden from taking part in medical decision.
The bill is expected to be pass in April or May this year when the legislature resume, hopefully we are going to pass it!