“Taiwan’s progress toward the legalization of same-sex marriage” is the most critical moment in 2017 listed by The New York Times

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"Taiwan's major progress toward the legalization of same-sex marriage" is the most critical moment in 2017 listed by The New York Times. /photo credit to The New York Times

Recently, The New York Times posted an article entitled “17 Things That Happened for the First Time in 2017”. 17 critical moments from this year which might mean for the year ahead were chosen, and “Taiwanese court rules in favor of same-sex marriage” was listed as the top line.

According to the article reprinted by The New York Times from Turning Point on December 4th, “17 things that happened for the first time in 2017” includes 17 critical and meaningful events around the world. Among them, “Taiwanese court rules in favor of same-sex marriage” was listed in the first place. As mentioned in the article, “Taiwan’s constitutional court has ruled that the country’s civil laws barring same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, giving the legislature two years to fix current laws or enact new ones allowing gay marriage.” Furthermore, the article stresses that it would make the island nation the first in Asia to do so.

Besides, the second and third lines respectively are “Storing image files in living memory” and “Brazil grapples with first strike in 20 years”, in which worker were angered by President Michel Temer’s calls to overhaul labor laws and trim the nation’s generous pension system.

Participants pull a rainbow tarpaulin through the gay and lesbian parade in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on May 24, 2017, making the island the first place in Asia to recognize gay unions. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

In fact, 2017 Taiwan pride parade has hit the BBC headlines in October with the title “Asia’s largest gay pride parade held in Taiwan”, The report said, “Taiwan is more liberal than much of Asia on LGBT rights but moves toward marriage equality have stalled,” and even mentioned “If it goes into force, Taiwan will become the first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage.” According to statistics, there were more than 100 thousand people joining this grand event.

Participants revel in costume through the streets during the gay and lesbian parade in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on May 24, 2017, making the island the first place in Asia to recognize gay unions. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
Participants revel through a street during the gay and lesbian parade in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on May 24, 2017, making the island the first place in Asia to recognize gay unions. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
Participants revel through a street during the gay and lesbian parade in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on May 24, 2017, making the island the first place in Asia to recognize gay unions. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
2017 Taiwan pride parade/photo credit to Reuters