Published: Sun, May 26, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Taiwan holds first gay marriages in historic day for Asia

Taiwan holds first gay marriages in historic day for Asia

Twenty couples queued to tie the knot at one Taipei registry office, where rainbow flags were on display and government-issued, rainbow-themed registration forms in use.

More than 300 same-sex couples registered their relationships on Friday, according to local authorities, including around 150 in the capital Taipei which boasts a thriving and vocal gay community. "I am proud of my country". "I had thought I would have to wait 10 more years", she added.

(SAM YEH/AFP/Getty)Three decades of campaigningTaiwan gay activist Chi Chia-wei in Tapei.

"Being gay in Taiwan has not been easy".

Shane Lin and Marc Yuan were the first gay couple to legally marry in Taiwan Friday, kissing outside the Xinyi District household in matching pink suits before getting married, CNA reported.

It was Chi who eventually petitioned Taiwan's Constitutional Court leading to a 2017 judgement that denying same-sex couples the right to marry was unconstitutional. Next demand for same sex couples in Taiwan is about adoption of children.

This is the first in the record of Asia as Taiwan allow same-sex marriage last week in a legislative vote on a cause that the island's LGBT rights activists have championed for two decades.

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One couple showed off their marriage registration picture, an AFP reporter shared on Twitter.

Conservative and religious groups mobilised after the court ruling and comfortably won a series of referendums last November in which voters comprehensively rejected defining marriage as anything other than a union between a man and a woman.

However, the new law still has restrictions not faced by heterosexual couples.

Hsiao Hsuan said he still remembered the time he first took part in Taiwan's gay pride parade.

Same-sex couples can now adopt only their partners' biological children and can Wednesday foreigners only from countries where gay marriage is also recognised.

Under the Enforcement Act of Judicial Yuan Interpretation No. 748, which was passed on May 17 and signed into law by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday, two people of the same gender aged 18 or older are allowed to register for marriage, with at least two witnesses signing the registration document.

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