Taiwan celebrated dozens of gay marriages, a week away from parliamentary approval and on the day the law on the legalization of same-sex marriages came into force.

An unprecedented decision in Asia, despite the very strong resistance of conservative and religious fringes, which pushed the island to confirm its continental leadership in defending LGBT rights. At 10:00 am local time (4:00 am in Malta), there were, according to activists, 166 celebrated gay marriages, of which 50 were between men and 116 among women.

epa07596038 Same-sex married couples react during the first day of civil registration for same-sex marriage in Taipei, Taiwan, 24 May 2019. Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage after a bill was passed on the 17 May 2019. Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples have applied to register for a legal union on the day the bill is to come into effect. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO