Conservative groups that oppose same-sex marriage said the legislation disrespected the people's will. Across the strait, many Chinese congratulated Taiwan's newlywed same-sex couples on platforms such as Weibo, China's version of Twitter. Same-sex marriage is not recognised by Hong Kong and neighbouring China, which regards Taiwan as a wayward province to be returned to the fold by force, if necessary. The euphoria and emotion among the island's gay community was on display as newly-wed couples walked down a rainbow-coloured carpet in a nearby park, watched by families and friends as well as diplomats and reporters. It marks another milestone in Taiwan's development as one of the region's more liberal societies, in contrast with China's strongly autocratic government. Taiwan's parliament passed a bill last week that endorsed same-sex marriage, although the measure could complicate President Tsai Ing-wen's bid for re-election next year. Marriage equality was backed by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party DPP , but the measure could complicate President Tsai's bid for a second term in elections next year. Euronews is no longer accessible on Internet Explorer.
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