Taiwan will decide whether to pass Asia's first gay marriage law on Friday as conservative lawmakers launch a last-ditch attempt to scupper the bill despite a court ruling ordering same-sex marital equality.
But the government's bill, also the only one to offer limited adoption rights, was passed by 66 to 27 votes - backed by lawmakers from the majority Democratic Progressive Party.
Tens of thousands of gay rights supporters, who turned out in spite of heavy rain, cheered outside the parliament building in central Taipei after lawmakers voted in favour of the bill.
The NPP motion sought to exempt such couples from regulations stipulated in the Act Governing the Choice of Law in Civil Matters Involving Foreign Elements, which state that the marriage of a transnational couple is governed by the laws of their respective countries.
The landmark decision cements Taiwan's reputation as a beacon of liberalism in a region where the LGBT community faces increasing persecution, and will give a long-awaited boost to Asia's burgeoning gay rights movement.
However, same-sex marriage has caused division in Taiwan ever since Taiwan's top court ruled that defining marriage as being between only a man and a woman was unconstitutional.
Two women take a selfie as they celebrate the Taiwanese parliament's vote to legalize same-sex marriage.
But gay rights groups have said they were willing to accept compromises, as long as the new law recognised the concept of marriage, adding they could fight legal battles over surrogacy and adoption down the line.
Religion, conservative values and political systems that discourage LGBT activism have slowed momentum toward same-sex marriage in many Asian countries from Japan through much of Southeast Asia, although Thailand is exploring the legalization of same-sex civil partnerships.
Article 1 of the Cabinet's version reads: "This act was formulated to enable two persons of the same sex to form a permanent bond that is intimate and exclusive for the goal of managing a life together, thereby ensuring that the right to marriage is equal and protected".
President Tsai Ing-wen hailed the vote as a "big step towards true equality" that "made Taiwan a better country".
But gay marriage is divisive in Taiwan.
There were shouts of joy and some tearful embraces as the result was announced.
"What a tremendous victory for LGBT rights!" said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
Taiwan's vote sets it apart from other parts of Asia where LGBTQ rights have regressed. "Many of us were in tears".
"In Taiwan a marriage will take effect when it's registered, so allowing marriage registration is no doubt recognising the marriage itself", Victoria Hsu, a gay rights lawyer, told AFP.
Vietnam decriminalised gay marriage celebrations in 2015, but stopped short of granting full legal recognition for same-sex unions.
She was released May 9 when the grand jury's term expired, but was issued a second subpoena before the current grand jury. Manning previously served 63 days in the cooler for refusing to talk, 28 of which were in solitary confinement.
The latest Nintendo Direct live stream event is slated for May 15, and it will give players a fresh look at Super Mario Maker 2 . The online features will also likely be discussed as sharing your own levels was a huge part of Super Mario Maker's appeal.
Operations were affected between 7.36 pm and 8.22 pm UAE local time, after which flights resumed from the airport. The four-seater DA42 plane, registered in the United Kingdom , was calibrating terrestrial navigation systems.
Google noted that there needs to be a flawless storm of conditions in order for a hacker to infiltrate the Titan's defenses. Physical security keys are much more secure than texted temporary codes, which can be intercepted over the air.
JJBender.com is a trustworthy and reputable source of used office equipment that offers a wide variety of products. And in today’s economy, every small business owner is looking for ways to save money and reduce expenses.
Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, became engaged following a whirlwind 16-month romance after going on a blind date in London. Markle's name on the certificate is listed as Rachel Meghan Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex .
Not to be outdone, Walmart today announced that it too is transitioning to free next day delivery, and without a membership fee. It also said it will roll out the service to 75 percent of the USA within the year.
China hoped Canada "will not make irresponsible remarks " about China's law enforcement and judicial proceedings, Lu added. This move will ban US companies from selling or transferring USA technology to Huawei without US government approval.
A satellite image obtained by The Associated Press shows one of the two pumping stations attacked by the drones apparently intact. The IRGC is directly controlled by the Islamic regime's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Salami was named its head last month.
Northern Ireland's abortion ban is even tougher than Alabama's
We suggest getting to know the reproductive rights organizations and abortion funds in states now threatened by abortion bans . Missouri's anti-abortion bill includes exceptions for medical emergencies but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest.
Boeing finishes software update for grounded airliner
To date, Boeing has flown the 737 MAX with updated software for more than 360 hours on 207 flights, the company said . The next major step is a certification flight with Federal Aviation Administration representatives on board.
Pregnant woman killed; baby cut from womb still alive
The baby, given the name Yadiel Yovany Lopez by the family, is on life support and has no brain function, family members said. She found eight women who did, including one who escaped and killed the woman trying to kill her and take the baby.
The 5: Ramifications of the Patrick Peterson PED suspension
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Peterson's suspension Thursday, saying he violated the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. He can take part in training camp and preseason games, but will have to leave the club on the first day of the regular season.
Donald Trump pardons disgraced media mogul Conrad Black
Past year he issued a pardon to conservative writer Dinesh D'Souza, who was convicted in 2014 of violating campaign finance laws. Critics have accused Mr Trump of using his powers of pardon to address what he believes are political wrongs.
Trump 2020 Supporters CRASH Green New Deal Rally
Buildings are responsible for almost 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the city, the mayor's office said in a statement. City officials said the president's eight largest NY properties pump out around 27,000 tons of planet-warming gases every ear.
How Home-based Business Can Benefit from Coworking Spaces
More so, it can encourage productivity by being able to lessen boredom since you will be surrounded by people you can talk to. It Fits the Bill According to statistics, self-employment is on the rise, increasing by as much as 40% in the U.S . by 2020.
The Essentials of Being an Eco-Friendly Hotel
Conserve Energy Lights, water heaters, and air conditioning units, among other things, consume the most electricity in hotels. Through these actions, the hotel can build a better name by showing its clients how it values environmental sustainability.