A Taiwan court ruling which paves the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage has sparked praise and celebration among campaigners in a region which remains largely conservative on gay rights. Just this week in Indonesia, two men were publicly caned after being caught having sex while police arrested over 140 men in a raid on a gay club. In South Korea, a military court handed a captain a suspended jail term on Wednesday after finding him guilty of having sex with another male soldier. The organisers of Singapore's annual gay pride rally this month told foreigners to stay away from this year's event after the government tightened rules on public gatherings. Despite lagging behind the West in its acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, some countries in Asia have been making small steps in recent years to embrace gay rights.
May 25 / Reuters