ASEAN’s shifting attitudes towards LGBT rights

Last year, Taiwan’s apex court ruled that the definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman under Taiwan’s civil law is against their constitution, which effectively means that Taiwan is the first country in Asia to legalise gay marriage. This year, India’s courts overturned a colonial-era law which criminalises consensual gay sex. With such victories for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, many are hoping that this ruling would have a domino effect on the region.

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