According to Amnesty International, in 2019, 28 out of 195 countries have legalised same-sex marriage. With the LGBT movement gaining more and more support from different people and organisations, governments are slowly beginning to change their stance regarding the LGBT community. In 2017, Taiwan became the first-ever Asian region to legalise Same-sex marriage, and on 8th July 2019, Ecuador became the latest country to legalise same-sex marriage.
(Taiwan LGBT supports taking part in an LGBT pride parade)
Despite the worldwide progress that has been made in the past 20 years regarding this issue, the LGBT community is still not properly recognised in Asia. Taiwan is still the only state where Same-Sex marriage is legal. Also out of the 13 countries that hold death penalties for engaging in homosexual actions, 9 of them being Asian. Furthermore, discrimination towards the LGBT community is still a big issue faced in countries that have legalised same-sex marriage.
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