People celebrate after Taiwan's parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage on May 17, 2019, in Taipei, Taiwan. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

Throngs of Taiwanese took to the streets of Taipei to celebrate after their parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage, becoming the first legislature in Asia to do so.

Photos from Taiwan show celebrants erupting in cheers and embracing one another after the announcement on Friday. And even when it started raining on the celebrations, they kept the party going as they huddled under umbrellas or wrapped themselves in ponchos. Some carried rainbow flags and maps of Taiwan decorated in rainbows. Others cracked open bottles of beer on city streets to toast the decision.

Advocates for LGBT rights hope Taiwan’s legalization of same-sex marriage will spark a ripple effect across Asia, where some countries are already inching toward marriage equality.


People hold posters as they gather outside Taiwan's parliament ahead of a vote on legalizing same-sex marriage. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

A woman weeps with joy after Taiwan's parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

People celebrate after Taiwan's parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

Two women take a selfie as they celebrate the Taiwanese parliament's vote to legalize same-sex marriage. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

People kiss as they celebrate after Taiwan's parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

People hold up roses as a parliamentary vote to legalize same-sex marriage was held in Taiwan. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

People celebrate after Taiwan's parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

Women form a heart with their hands as they celebrate the Taiwanese parliament's legalization of same-sex marriage. (Carl Court/Getty Images)