Hundreds of thousands of people marched through Taiwan's capital on Saturday to press the government to deliver on its promise of marriage equality amid an increasingly heated debate over whether civil laws should recognize same-sex marriage.

In Asia's first such ruling, Taiwan's Constitutional Court declared in May last year that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry, and set a two-year deadline for legalization.

But the self-ruled island will hold a series of public votes on same-sex marriage on Nov. 24, after its election authority approved separate referendum petitions from both conservative and rights groups.