17 May. 2019
Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, on May 17, 2019, despite deep divisions among the population over marriage equality. The law follows a years-long tussle over marriage equality that culminated in a 2017 declaration by the democratic island's constitutional court that gave same-sex couples the right to marry and set a deadline of May 24 for legislation. Gay unions are not recognized by Hong Kong and neighboring China, which regards Taiwan as a wayward province to be brought back into the fold by force if necessary.
Here are 27 nations around the world that have legalized same-sex marriage, according to the Pew Research Center.