Britain's House of Commons voted on Tuesday to extend same-sex marriage and abortion rights to Northern Ireland, unless devolved government is restored in Belfast by October Taiwan made history on Friday with Asia's first legal gay weddings as same-sex couples tied the knot in jubilant and emotional scenes, the culmination of a three-decade fight for equality. Taiwan's parliament legalised same-sex marriage on Friday in a landmark first for Asia as the government survived a last-minute attempt by conservatives to pass watered-down legislation. Three Indonesian housewives have been arrested over an online video that claimed President Joko Widodo would ban prayer and make gay marriage legal in the Muslim majority country if re-elected, police said on Monday.
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Over the past decade, LGBT people have gained more and more tolerance and acceptance in India, especially in large cities. Although same-sex couples are not legally recognized currently by any form, performing a symbolic same-sex marriage is not prohibited under Indian law either. Since , transgender people in India have been allowed to change their gender without sex reassignment surgery , and have a constitutional right to register themselves under a third gender. Additionally, some states protect hijras , a traditional third gender population in South Asia , through housing programmes, welfare benefits, pension schemes, free surgeries in government hospitals and other programmes designed to assist them. There are approximately 4.
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Today May 24 was the first day that same-sex couples in Taiwan were allowed to legally marry, one week after its parliament legalized it. Couples signed up at marriage registration offices from early in the morning around Taipei, some of them having already reserved in advance to do so. There, members of the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights, a group of lawyers who had represented same-sex couples suing for the right to marry, and one of the most active advocacy groups on the issue in Taiwan, gathered to wed. Dressed in matching outfits, the two were swarmed by journalists and well-wishers, as rainbow flags adorned the desks of the registration office.