The vote in Taiwan is a radical departure from the laws of other Asian countries.
Homosexuality is legal in mainland China, but prejudices remain. In November, an author of same-sex erotic fiction was sentenced to a 10-year jail term, CNN reported.
In March, the ruler of Brunei announced he would decree death by stoning for people convicted of gay sex. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has backed off that ruling but has not repealed the law, CNN reported.