Taiwan voted to reject same-sex marriage in a surprise about-face that has changed the island both socially and politically

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  • Taiwan woke up on Sunday morning a very different island, following a series of political blows that dashed hopes of moving towards legalizing same-sex marriage.
  • Last year, Taiwan’s highest court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry, and set a two-year deadline for legalization. The move seemingly set Taiwan on the path to becoming the first country in Asia to legalize marriage equality. 
  • But on Saturday, Taiwanese voters firmly rejected same-sex marriage in a series of referendums.
  • President Tsai Ing-wen also resigned as party leader of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after it suffered a major electoral defeat.

Following a series of referendums listed on the ballot for Saturday’s island-wide city mayoral elections, Taiwanese residents voted to reject same-sex marriage. 

The vote on the contested island that China considers a breakaway province has also led to the resignation of President Tsai Ing-wen from the pro-Independence ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP,  民進黨 ), after her fierce rivals at the China-friendly Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang (KMT, 國民黨), won a number of key seats.

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