• Cindy Su, left, and Lana Yu hold their baby November 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)Source: AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying
“When it comes to love, everyone is equal,” the president said.
Ben Winsor

11 Nov 2016 - 10:22 AM  UPDATED 11 Nov 2016 - 10:26 AM

Taiwanese legislators are currently working on legislation to legalise marriage equality, with one bill which could be passed within months, as polls show majority support for same-sex marriage.

President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s first female head of state, threw her support behind same-sex marriage before her election earlier this year.

“When it comes to love, everyone is equal,” Tsai said in a campaign video released for Taipei Pride in October 2015.

“I am Tsai Ing-wen, and I support marriage equality. Every person should be able to look for love freely, and freely seek their own happiness,” she said.

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Fellow members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party have said they hope other countries in the region follow their lead.

"It's a big step forward for the history of human rights," said Yu Mei-nu, lawmaker sponsoring the primary marriage equality bill.

"If Taiwan can get this passed ... it will give other Asian countries a model," she said.

Taiwan will likely become the twenty-first country to legalise same-sex marriage, with Finland set to become the twenty-second when new laws take effect on March 1 next year.

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