PHOTO STORY: Taiwan's Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes Committee Review amid Protest

PHOTO STORY: Taiwan's Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes Committee Review amid Protest
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More than 30,000 supporters of same-sex marriage gathered around the Legislative Yuan this morning while more than 10,000 protesters occupied the street in front of the building.

Draft amendments to Taiwan's Civil Code which would legalize same-sex marriage today passed a committee review in the Legislative Yuan.

The amendments were proposed by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Yu Mei-nu (尤美女) and Julian Kuo (郭正亮). The amendments will proceed to party caucus negotiations and still need to pass second and third readings before becoming law, which would make Taiwan the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.

As of around 10 a.m. today, more than 30,000 supporters of same-sex marriage gathered around the Legislative Yuan while more than 10,000 protesters occupied the street in front of the building.

Protesters climbed over the wall to enter the Legislative Yuan, and according to United Daily News, 131 were seized by the police. The white-clad crowd also headed to protest in front of the Presidential Office after the draft amendments passed committee review.

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