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UK foreign secretary tweets congratulations to Taiwan for introducing same-sex marriage

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Three hours after Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed the third reading of a bill that legalizes same-sex marriage today (May 17), UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted congratulations to the people of Taiwan for introducing the same-sex marriage.

"Great news for its LGBT community and another huge step forward for LGBT equality in Asia," Hunt wrote.

Taiwan has become the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage after the passage of "The Enforcement Act of Judicial Yuan Interpretation No. 748" Friday afternoon, before the deadline of May 24, 2019 set by the Constitutional Court based on its ruling in May of 2017, which defines not giving same-sex couples the right to enter into marriage as unconstitutional.

International media and organizations paid attention to the passage of the law, with the news making it onto the front pages of CNN, BBC, the Guardian, the Independent, DW News, and AFP today.