Taiwan becomes first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriages

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In pictures: Taiwan becomes first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriages

Same-sex marriage supporters shout during a parliament vote on three draft bills of a same-sex marriage law, outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, on Friday.

In pictures: Taiwan becomes first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriages

Gay rights supporters wait in the rain outside the parliament building in Taipei before the landmark decision was announced on Friday.

In pictures: Taiwan becomes first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriages

A same-sex marriage supporter holds a rose to mourn those who have killed themselves because of discrimination.

In pictures: Taiwan becomes first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriages

Same-sex marriage supporters gather outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, Taiwan. The signs read, ”Vote Can’t Be Defeated.”

In pictures: Taiwan becomes first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriages

In pictures: Taiwan becomes first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriages

Supporters of same-sex marriage gather outside as parliamentarians debated in Taipei, Taiwan, on Friday.

In pictures: Taiwan becomes first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriages

So far nearly 300 gay and lesbian couples have applied to register for legal union on the day the bill is to come into effect.

In pictures: Taiwan becomes first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriages

LGBT rights protesters demonstrate as politicians continued to discuss the same-sex marriage bill ahead of Friday’s vote.

In pictures: Taiwan becomes first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriages

People lined the streets outside the parliamentary administration building on Friday.

In pictures: Taiwan becomes first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriages

A gay rights advocate holds a flower in support of the same-sex marriage law.

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