ADDED ON: 04/26/2019

Multinationals see benefits in Taiwan same-sex marriage

04/24/2019 | Reuters

Some of the world’s largest companies said on Wednesday that plans to grant equal marriage to LGBT+ couples in Taiwan – the first place in Asia to do so – would boost the island’s economy. Taiwan’s parliament is expected to vote by late May, a deadline set by the constitutional court when it ruled in 2017 that same-sex couples could legally wed. Google, Airbnb, Deutsche Bank, EY, Mastercard and Microsoft have joined forces with nine other companies, including Taiwan-based O-Bank Co, to laud the benefits of same-sex weddings. “We value diversity, inclusivity, respect, equality and non-discrimination, as well as seek to protect these values within our company and while working with our business partners,” said Patrick Pan, enterprise public lead at Microsoft Taiwan. “We do so not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because it can make our company and society stronger and more successful.”

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