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Lawmakers legalize same-sex marriage

COMPROMISE:The DPP caucus’ changes to the Cabinet’s bill were proposed in the hope of settling a dispute over certain phrasing following a meeting with the premier

By Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

Meanwhile, KMT lawmakers who have openly supported same-sex marriage voted in favor of some of the key DPP amendments.

KMT legislators Lin Wei-chou (林為洲), Jason Hsu (許毓仁), Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安) and Hsu Shu-hua (許淑華) voted for the DPP’s version of Article 2.

The DPP’s version of Article 4 received the backing of Chiang, Jason Hsu, Hsu Shu-hua, Lee Yen-hsiu (李彥秀), Ko Chih-en (柯志恩), Arthur Chen (陳宜民) and Lin Yi-hua (林奕華).

Loud cheering broke out from a crowd, estimated at more than 40,000 people, awaiting the result of the voting outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei when the legislation passed its third reading at 3:28pm.

In Constitutional Interpretation No. 748, the Council of Grand Justices declared the lack of language in the Civil Code to guarantee the right of same-sex couples to wed unconstitutional and required that a law or amendment be introduced to legalize same-sex marriage within two years.

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