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Marriage equality in Taiwan makes history in Asia




A supporter of same-sex marriage waves a flag outside the Judicial Yuan in Taipei on March 24, 2017.
Taiwan's constitutional court began hearing a landmark case on March 24 that could make the island the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriage. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH        (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)
A supporter of same-sex marriage waves a flag outside the Judicial Yuan in Taipei on March 24, 2017. Taiwan's constitutional court began hearing a landmark case on March 24 that could make the island the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriage. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)
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This week, Taiwan made headlines around the world when the constitutional court ruled to recognize same sex marriage. It is the first nation in Asia to do so.

Next, there will be a two year period when legislators can amend marriage laws, potentially reversing the ruling. But for now, activists feel victorious. 

Take Two host A Martinez spoke with Arvin Chen, a filmmaker with California roots who’s now based in Taiwan. Chen’s 2013 film “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” explores the experience of a married Taiwanese man who struggles to understand his sexuality.

According to Chen, the reaction in Taiwan and the US has been incredibly positive. “Especially Asian Americans,” said Chen. “Regardless of whether or not their parents are ethnically Chinese or Taiwanese. A lot of Asian Americans are just very happy that there’s an Asian country that's done it. And I think a lot of people are very hopeful, and very proud, that it's Taiwan.”

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