It was a seismic day yesterday with the United States Supreme Court finally issuing the definitive opinion on the right to gay marriage in the United States. Beyond the elation for the US LBGTQ community, as a lawyer I was fascinated to read the beautifully written Kennedy majority opinion, not to mention the hilariously scathing Scalia dissent. For those wanting marital equality for all, this judicial decision was less an intellectual feat with ramifications for constitutional law analysis and more just “YAY and FINALLY!”
The Asian countries remain mostly steps behind the evolution of gay rights and acceptance, though some countries are further along than others. Taiwan in the last two decades has been a leader in social and governmental acceptance of LBGTQ citizens, and with this US Supreme Court decision the Taiwanese entertainers have come out in full force to show their support by changing their Facebook profiles to the rainbow flag overlay, including my cutie pies Lego Lee and Aaron Yan. This open support for gay rights also comes at the same time that the New Taipei civil administrative agency announced that it will register same-sex couples as legally residing at the same household.