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In Taiwan, 250,000 March in Support of Marriage Equality for Human Rights Day

In Taiwan, 250,000 March in Support of Marriage Equality for Human Rights Day

Many hope the island will be the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.

Taiwan celebrated International Human Rights Day on Saturday with a strong showing of support for legalizing marriage equality.

About 250,000 marched in Taipei and rallied around performances and concerts in support of an amendment legalizing same-sex marriage.

A group of protesters did gather, but they didn’t necessarily advocate against same-sex marriage—just that the issue should be decided by referendum instead of a legislative amendment.

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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen supports marriage equality, as do many political parties. The marriage amendment has a chance to be considered during the next legislative session later this month.

However, despite hopes that Taiwan may make history in Asia by legalizing same-sex marriage, a recent phone call from U.S. president-elect Donald Trump to Taiwan may overshadow internal issues in the coming weeks. The phone call flouted decades of foreign policy procedure and set a tense tone between the U.S. and China before Trump has even taken office.

Watch a news report about the rally below.

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