A gay woman was ordered to marry a man by her family in Taiwan, and immediately regretted it.
Already in a relationship with a woman, she was forced to break her girlfriend’s heart to fulfill her family duty and go through with the wedding.
The vows happened, and the papers were signed. That same night, she left him.
But the groom got angry, suing her for Tw$500,000 ($16,200, €15,250), for wedding fees, ‘betrothal money’ and emotional pain he suffered.
The district court ruling in northern Hsinchu ordered her to pay out.
The woman, known only as Hsu, officially left the marriage a few days after the wedding.
Apple Daily reported she had revealed she had come out to him on their night of their betrothal, informing him of what her parents told her what she had to do.
‘She dated the plaintiff to ease her mother’s concerns,’ the judgement said.
This story has sparked support for same-sex marriage in Taiwan.
‘Same-sex marriage should be legalized so people don’t have to marry someone they don’t love,’ one said on social media.
While marriage equality may seem far off, there are hopes it could be legalized as early as next year.
Taiwan is in the process of reviewing two equal marriage proposals to amend the Civil Code to be voted on by all five branches of the country’s Legislative Yuan. It recently passed two hurdles in late 2016.
And it’s not all bad in Taiwan. Recently, a lesbian couple had a ceremony to celebrate their love. While one bride’s father refused to walk her down the aisle, her boss did it instead.