Elsewhere in Asia, the LGBT community has been facing increased persecution. Surveys show a majority of the public is also in favor, as is President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's first female leader.
"Taiwan and mainland China have the same roots and culture so it suggests that Chinese society could also accept the idea of gay marriage", said Li Yinhe, a renowned Chinese sexologist who has pressed Beijing policymakers on the issue.
Despite muted government reaction, the news drew millions of views and many broadly supportive comments on Weibo, China's answer to Twitter.
This time, 12 of the top court's 15 grand justices ruled in favor of his request, a boost for groups that have been calling on the government to legalize same-sex marriage.
The decision has left many local people furious, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
As if to underscore that view, a Chinese academic denounced the news in an open letter on the site Confucian Web, urging parents in Taiwan to move to China to keep their children from contracting AIDS.
Chinese literature and history are rich in description of relatively liberal attitudes to homosexuality in imperial times, but the Communist revolution of 1949 ushered in more prudish attitudes towards sex.
Now that the impetus for change has speeded up again, the debate between amending existing laws, which is what the gay rights movement is demanding, and the drawing up of new separate legislation specifically aimed at same-sex marriage, which has been condemned as leaving gays as second-class citizens, is also certain to arise again.
Trying to gauge the extent of support for gay rights in China is hard as no proper polls are published, said Sun Wenlin, whose landmark case past year seeking permission to marry his boyfriend was rejected by a Chinese court.
"There's no platform for dialog about this in China at the moment", said Sun, adding that he was looking into ways to get married in Taiwan once the decision became law there. Another group said the justices had "abused their rights" by changing the definition of marriage, comparing it to the September 11 attacks in which almost 3,000 people were killed when planes were hijacked and flown into USA landmarks. "Generally younger people support it, and those who don't can't really explain why".
The ruling from the court has come in response to two petitions to review the current law.
In Thailand, activists said it would provoke redoubled effort to get the military-ruled country to legalize gay marriage.
Under Taiwan law, a referendum proposal first has to be signed by at least 0.5 percent of the eligible voters in the most recent presidential election, which puts the threshold at about 94,000 signatures at this time.
"The legislature already passed the first reading of the revision of the civic code to include same-sex marriage and all we should do is go ahead and finish it instead of making things more complicated and controversial", said Tuan Yi-kang, a legislator in the governing Democratic Progressive Party.
Meanwhile, Democrats have started demanding that Gianforte be pulled out of running for the congressional seat in Montana. Gianforte says he supports the effort to repeal Obamacare but has not backed the Republican bill passed by the House.
The offer being made by the Lib Dems is framed around its fears over what the Conservative Party could do should it retain power. You wait ages for the main parties to launch their election manifestos and then two come along (almost) at once.
An Israel Airport Authority spokesman said he was not aware of any direct flights ever having landed in Israel from the kingdom. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum said Trump's remarks were "aimed at besmirching the reputation of the Palestinian resistance".
She saved him from an embarrassing breach of protocol, when he forgot to raise his hand to his heart for the national anthem. A video of Mr Trump's wife of 12 years swatting him away has gone viral on Facebook and Twitter.
Though it's unclear if the newspaper obtained the information from USA officials, the story has angered many British officials. Officials said 64 people remained hospitalized, including 20 who were critically injured.
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That would draw more people into those markets, keeping them stable in many part of the country, the CBO forecasts. But the revisions did not fundamentally change the structure of the bill or its impact, budget analysts concluded.
A man, carrying a suspicious package, was arrested by the police in Wigan, the north-west region of Manchester, on Wednesday. The United Kingdom's domestic security service escalated the national terror threat level Tuesday from severe to critical.
In other central bank events on Wednesday, Dallas Fed President Rob Kaplan will participate in a moderated discussion at the C.D. Its stock is down 26 percent this year, while Advance Auto Parts has dropped 21 percent and O'Reilly is down 15 percent.
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Zverev stuns Djokovic to win Rome Masters
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Unidentified object flies over North Korean border
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Trump's speech from Jerusalem
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Senators beat Penguins to force Game 7
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