Taiwan’s parliament approves same-sex marriage

LGBT activists would be happy as their fight to legalise same-sex marriage is now approved by Taiwan’s parliament. (AFP pic)

TAIWAN: Taiwan’s parliament legalised same-sex marriage on Friday in a landmark first for Asia as the government survived a last-minute attempt by conservatives to pass a watered-down version.

The island’s lawmakers comfortably passed a law allowing same-sex couples to form “exclusive permanent unions” and a second clause that would let them apply for a “marriage registration” with government agencies.