Taiwan was the first place in Asia to legalize gay marriage, but seven million citizens voted on a referendum against it.

A conservative referendum to specify marriage as between a man and a woman in Taiwan’s Civil Code passed despite Taiwan legalizing gay marriage last May. The government gave two-years to put it into action, but conservative opposition has gotten in the way.

“The regression of gender equality … deals the most severe blow to Taiwan’s democratic values," Jennifer Lu, a spokeswoman for Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan told Reuters.

Despite the referendum’s grim outlook for same-sex marriage, the government said it will not impact the court’s original decision to legalize gay marriage. With less than a year to bring gay marriage in, they are facing even more of a challenge with the conservative referendums.