Same-sex marriage ruling hailed at Geneva LGBT event

A short film about Taiwan's historic decision on same-sex marriage was shown at an event in Geneva on Thursday. The event was the annual awards ceremony of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).

Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled on May 24 that it was discriminatory and unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. The landmark ruling paves the way for Taiwan to become the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, within the next two years.

Following the ruling, Taiwan's representative office in Geneva contacted the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association, which provides information to the LGBT community. The office also contacted Equal Love, a group that has been campaigning for same-sex marriage. The result was a 90-second spot on Taiwan's march towards same-sex marriage that was shown at ILGA's ceremony. The short film won plaudits from audience members from various countries.

The highlight of Thursday's ceremony was the naming of Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, as ILGA's LGBTI Friend of the Year.

Source: Radio Taiwan International