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At least 363 same-sex couples have now married in Taiwan

At least 363 same-sex couples have now married in Taiwan

Shane Lin and Marc Yuan share a kiss after getting married (Photo: Provided)

Some 363 same-sex couples in the first morning of same-sex marriage in Taiwan.

The Minstry of the Interior said they had registered 247 same-sex female couples and 116 male same-sex couples as of 2pm.

Same-sex couples in Taiwan made history on Friday by being the first in Asia to get married.

Taiwan’s parliament last week became the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.

The government bill, which largely avoids the term ‘marriage’, has been labeled a compromise by LGBTI rights campaigners.

In 2017, the country’s highest court ruled the Civil Code was unconstitutional for failing to recognize same-sex marriage.

But, in a bitterly-fought referendum, most Taiwanese citizens opted for a separate marriage law rather than changing the civil code which would have brought genuine equality.

LGBTI rights campaigners accused conservative and Christian groups of running a well-funded campaign of hate and scare-mongering.

Taiwan’s parliament voted in favor of a government bill offering same-sex couples similar rights to opposite-sex couples after years of court rulings, referendums, and tussles in parliament.

The crucial 4th line of the bill passed with 93 lawmakers voting for the bill, 66 opposing, and 27 abstaining.

Ya-ting and Mei-yu were one of the first couples to register in Taipei (Photo: Provided)
Ya-ting and Mei-yu were one of the first couples to register in Taipei (Photo: Provided)

Happy couples

Shane Yuan and Marc Lin and Chun-peng Chou and Meng-huan Lin were among the nation’s first to get married.

They signed marriage registration documents in the nation’s capital, Taipei.

Legendary LGBTI rights activist Chi Chia-wei witnessed the historic occasion.

He signed certificates with a pen gifted to him by President Tsai Ing-wen to mark the occasion.

Shane Lin told Gay Star News he was ‘very happy’ to be finally married.

‘It is a very important day for us to remember forever’.

His mother told Gay Star News she was happy that the country recognized her son’s marriage.

Recently-married same-sex couples celebrated the momentous occasion with wedding celebrations at a square in downtown Taipei.

See also

In Asia’s first, same-sex couples marry in Taiwan

Taiwan’s president’s moving tribute to legendary LGBTI rights campaigner 

LGBTI Taiwanese using new same-sex marriage law risk being outed