Taiwan on Saturday elected Tsai
Ing-wen, the island nation's first female president.
Tsai's victory marks the first time her
Democratic People's Party (DPP) has controlled Taiwan's parliament
since the nation's founding in 1949.
According to The
New York Times, Tsai included three same-sex couples in a
campaign video she released on Cixi, Chinese Valentine's Day, last
She reiterated her support for marriage
equality as recently as October.
In a video posted on her Facebook page
to celebrate Taipei's Gay Pride parade, the largest in Asia, Tsai
said: “When it comes to love, everyone is equal. I am Tsai
Ing-wen, and I support marriage equality. Every person should be
able to look for love freely, and freely seek their own happiness.”
According to several polls, a majority
of Taiwanese support marriage equality. But efforts to allow gay
couples to marry have stalled.