No country in Asia currently performs same-sex marriages, and only Israel recognizes same-sex marriage performed overseas.
Although there have been several legislative initiatives over the past years, no country in Asia has changed its decision.
In December 2005, in the case of Minister of Home Affairs v Fourie, the Constitutional Court of South Africa ruled unanimously that it was unconstitutional to prevent same-sex couples from marrying when marriage was permitted for opposite-sex couples, and gave Parliament one year to "correct the defect" in the law.
If Parliament did not act, words would be "read in" to the Marriage Act to allow same-sex marriages.
Same sex marriage is not legal in Hong Kong or Macau.
However, in Hong Kong changes to the Domestic and Cohabitation Relationships Ordinance (Cap 189) in 2009 were made to protect same-sex partners.
During the course of the debate, the proposal failed to garner the 30 votes needed for a placement on the agenda.
Li Yinhe has made numerous proposals to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference to allow same-sex marriages, but none has succeeded.
The principle, first codified in 1950, was intended to outlaw polygamy, but is now also interpreted to disallow same-sex marriages.
Also, on , the Court of Final Appeal, in a 4:1 decision, gave transgender people the right to marry as their identified gender rather than their biological sex at birth - a decision that may pave the way for future changes.
Marriages in Israel are performed under the authority of the religious authorities to which the couple belong.
Under the change, the justice ministry has told local authorities to issue the key certificate—which states a person is single and of legal age—for those who want to enter same-sex marriages.
A new Nepalese constitution, approved by the Constituent Assembly on 16 September 2015, includes several provisions pertaining to the rights of LGBT people.
Female sex tourism occurs in diverse regions of the world.