Asia is home to four of the seven billion human beings in the world, and not one of the countries in the continent protects the right to same sex marriage. (We should not say “give”, but protect. It should have always been there.) In some less than enlightened countries, being LGBTQIA is still deemed a criminal act. Malaysia continues to enforce Victorian era British laws against “sodomy”. Few Asian countries have pride parades like Taiwan did last weekend.
That may be about to change. Taiwan’s ruling DPP government is proposing a bill to protect the right to same sex marriage. This won’t affect me (I’m not the marrying kind) but for many others I know, it’s great news. [Read more…]