Same-sex marriage is now legal in Taiwan, a historic first for Asia.
Thousands of supporters gathered outside of parliament in Taipei Friday (May 17) waving rainbow flags and embracing after lawmakers voted to pass a special bill which offers same-sex couples similar legal protections for marriage as heterosexuals.
"Asia's first" and "Way to go Taiwan" were chanted from the large crowd that did not let the weather rain on their parade.
The law will take effect after being signed by Taiwan's President who wrote on twitter following the vote "We took a big step towards true equality, and made Taiwan a better country." Taiwan puts on a vibrant pride parade ever year, one of Asia's largest, but this vote came after a years-long debate on the island over marriage equality.
In 2017, the democratic island's constitutional court declared same-sex couples had the right to legally marry and set a deadline of May 24 for legalization.
The ruling sparked heated debates, dividing Taiwan.
Late last year, Taiwan voters opposed same-sex marriage in a series of referendums defining marriage as that between a man and a woman.
But on Friday, lawmakers brushed that vote aside passing the new law 66 to 27 and giving Taiwan the lead in Asia on same-sex unions.