Elections in January resulted in Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) becoming the country’s first woman President. There were some positive developments in three longstanding death penalty cases but several violent incidents sparked public calls for retaining the punishment. The new government decided to drop charges against more than 100 protesters from the 2014 “Sunflower Movement”. The same-sex couple relationship register was extended to 10 municipalities and counties. The Legislative Yuan’s judicial committee passed amendments to the Civil Code proposed by two DPP legislators, a step towards legalizing same-sex marriage.
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