WSJ highlights cross-strait attention on marriage ruling

The Wall Street Journal has highlighted the attention that Taiwan's historic ruling on same-sex marriage has received in mainland China.

On Wednesday, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that denying same-sex couples the right to marry was unconstitutional. The verdict allows a period of two years for same-sex marriage legislation to be enacted.

The Wall Street Journal said the news was a hot topic on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, with millions of people commenting. The paper said many Weibo users posted rainbow flags and love hearts in support. It also said that many asked why this ruling could be possible in Taiwan, but not in China.

The report noted that homosexuality was only decriminalized in China as recently as 1997. At the same time, the portrayal of homosexuality on television is highly sensitive and strictly controlled.

By contrast, Taiwan has long been a trendsetter in the region for its acceptance of same-sex relationships and now stands to become the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, the report said.

Source: Radio Taiwan International